US F1 to Secure European Base at Paul Ricard?

US F1 don't seem to pay any attention to the breakaway saga lately, as it emerged the North Carolina based team is currently seeking a second base for their Formula One operations, in Europe. The fact that owners Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson are searching for a secondary base is no news, as they themselves admitted they need a European headquarters for F1 testing and European-based grands prix.

Until recently, however, it seemed the US organization were in advanced talks with Spanish Le Mans team Epsilon Euskadi for securing their Bilbao-based headquarters for their European mailing address.

With the Spanish team lodging an F1 entry of their own and still on FIA's waiting list due to the current political chaos inside the sport, US F1 can no longer wait for a response from the Spanish company. Consequently, Windsor seems to have already re-orientated towards a new base, in France. According to the latest media reports in the country, it seems the new base would be located at the Paul Ricard circuit in Le Castellet.

Paul Ricard is currently used by the GP2 Series – Formula One's feeder series – for off season testing. If secured by US F1, it would make for the perfect place to test their F1 challengers, not to talk about great positioning on the Old Continent.

Their project is very structured and leaves no doubt. They are completely serious,” Paul Ricard director Gerard Neveu was quoted as saying by French newspaper Nice Matin. The same publication revealed that the discussions between the team's representatives and the circuit's chiefs are “advanced”.
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