FIA confirms USF1 entry fee paid

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The USF1 team has paid their $440,000 entry fee to the FIA according to FIA Senate President Nick Craw. Craw, being American, is certainly keen to see the team succeed in F1 and has confirmed the payment has cleared and that USF1 is looking good for entry in 2010:

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“There are probably some people who would like to see the US team fall by the wayside so they could have their spot on the grid,” said the American, part of the FIA’s new leadership under president Jean Todt.

“In the old days… we used to never count an entry as being real until the cheque had arrived and had cleared. And of course entry fees were non-refundable,” he added.

“If you want any proof as to whether US F1 is going to be there or not, they sent their entry fee in 10 days ago and the number is close to $440,000 so they are going to be there and they are going to make us proud.”

This is good news and also bodes well for Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson’s all-American team. The fee is not chump change and if there were hesitations to their intent for 2010, thy may have thought twice about offering a non-refundable check for $440,000. Clearly Craw’s implied suggestion.

USF1 has been subject to some odd rumors and unique PR moves but here at F1B, we want this team to succeed and look forward to seeing the finished car. Yes, it may be a case of the “little team that could” but then were the Brit’s any less excited about the fact that Brawn GP actually made it to the grid in 2009?

I am not suggesting that USF1 can win the title next year, like Brawn GP did, but I am suggesting that it has been a long time since we have seen an American team and afford some creative excitement as we too would like to see out team field a competitive car in 2010.

Having an F1 team in America is one thing but having a Grand Prix is another. What does Nick think of having a US grand Prix?

“I think everybody from the commercial rights holder to the teams and the sponsors to all the drivers see the absence of a US Grand Prix as being a huge liability,” he said.

“It’s the number one market in the world and everyone wants to be there and needs to be there.

“Having said that, there is only one circuit in the United States that has a grade one licence, which is what you need for Formula One, and that’s Indianapolis. And there’s probably no deal forthcoming there,” he added.

“If you’ve seen some of the Taj Mahals that have been built for the Formula One circuit these days, I don’t see any budget for that in the United States,” continued the American.

“So I think the likelihood is much higher that we will see a temporary street circuit in and around a major metropolitan area and there are two or three right now that are looking at that possibility.

“So I am reasonably optimistic that can be brought to bear in the fairly near future.”

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