US F1 to Debut 2010 Car in Alabama
“Because we are a new team and start everything from zero the first time we will run the car will be in the United States at the Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama, the circuit that was nominated by the FIA for us,” said Windsor, according to the Formula One official site.
According to the same Windsor, the FIA's dispensation actually allows the team to do more than the regular 3 testing sessions scheduled for the off-season, prior to the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix. Therefore, US F1 will have the opportunity to test 3 times in the US, before sending the car to their base in Spain in order to “do some testing there before we fly out to Bahrain.”
However, it is expected that the US testing sessions will be shorter – not 3-day ones, as in Europe.
In addition to the launch date topic, Windsor also talked about his team's future drivers. While the only team in the F1 paddock yet to announce a single driver for their maiden F1 campaign next year, several rumors link Argentine driver Jose Maria Lopez and British racer James Rossiter with the vacant jobs.
“We are very close to announcing our drivers. We've been talking to some great racing drivers over the last couple of months – and it is very difficult choosing from the good drivers that are around. We are very close to announcing our drivers. We've been talking to some great racing drivers over the last couple of months – and it is very difficult choosing from the good drivers that are around,” added the US F1 co-owner.