“We'll have a car on the ground in September/October to start doing static rig testing. There are still some things up in the air right now as far as who our engine supplier is and when that contract would start,” said Anderson.
The North-American owner of USF1 – as partner Peter Windsor has a British passport – also revealed that a final decision in terms of a future engine supplier should be taken in the upcoming month. Although testing with the new car would start in January 2010, Anderson feels that will give his team enough time to set up a competitive machinery before next year's season opener.
“The rule as it is right now is that you're not supposed to run a car between the last race and January 1st, so I would say we're not planning to actually run the car until January next year - but then you have almost three months to the first race anyway,” added Anderson.
As for the base planned to be used by USF1 during their European testing sessions, Windsor confirmed the team is looking for a location for their second base, used for “the trucks, the motorhome, the pit equipment and for operating when we're testing.” However, he said a final decision on the matter will be taken later this year. He did provide us with some hints though.
“Spain is pretty high on the list because Epsilon's Joan (Villadelprat) and Sergio (Rinland) have that very nice operation, it looks nice, it's a plug-in operation in terms of us just using it for what we need. But it's not a done deal and we're not going to make that decision until later on in the year,” said Windsor.