The demise of USF1 fromFormula One even before they got a chance to make the 2010 grid is a microcosm of the level of interest - or lack thereof - Americans have for the sport. However, just because one team crashed and burned faster than we could say ’go’, doesn’t mean that we’ve seen the last of a US-based team in F1.

According to ESPN, a company named Cypher Group has been formed with the intention of picking up where USF1 left off, that is, fielding a team that can compete in Formula One in the near future. The new outfit has made it clear, however, that their success will hinge on whether they can find the necessary funding to make the F1 application a worthwhile endeavor. Considering that lack of funding doomed USF1’s hopes, we’re not exactly optimistic of Cypher Group’s chances, especially since its been reported that the team will pretty much pick up the scraps left by USF1, holding its headquarters in North Carolina - similar to USF1 - and employing most of the people the worked for, you guessed it, USF1.

The only thing different about Cypher Group - and we suppose this is a good thing - are the notable absence of both Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor, the two main proponents of USF1’s failed F1 attempt this year. Whether this new team has a chance to make the grid next year is anyone’s guess, but unless they get the proper funding, we’re really not holding our breaths.


Source: ESPN

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  (428) posted on 09.5.2011

The American vehicle are quite successful so I don’t think that the budget is the problem. I was thinking on why does the GM is not supporting this racing event? Do they think that this is just a waste of money? The maintenance of these cars are quite expensive.

  (474) posted on 09.5.2011

It seems that the Us team have no plan for now in reviving their team. The shutdown of their team is still a puzzle for me. I wonder if they are worrying with the budget. Anyway, its kind of funny that F1 race was held in the US and yet they don’t have any representative for their country.

  (815) posted on 05.24.2010

So what car are they going to used? vette again?

  (765) posted on 05.20.2010

USF1 employees are very happy to hear that the new us f1 team will employed them once again.

  (858) posted on 05.20.2010

I think that outfit is not budgeted but I believe Americans can do things late! The race is much important than those outfit so I guess they much need to focus on the race.

  (367) posted on 05.19.2010

Of course they will hire an experienced crew but this is a good news to the former USF1 crew.

  (347) posted on 05.18.2010

Good thing that they still employed the former USF1 crew. This is good because most of them are already professional with their jobs and training is already not needed.

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