New doubts have arisen over American F1 outfit USF1’s ability to make the grid in Bahrain after a senior, anonymous source broke cover this morning.
The source within the team gave an insight as to the real situation within the team and called for YouTube backer Chad Hurley, who has been linked with rival Campos, to step back in and save USF1.
“We feel Hurley and Parris Mullins [adviser to Hurley] have our best interest [at heart] and also feel Hurley has no intention of abandoning us even though the media has said he’s gone with Campos,” the USF1 staff member told AUTOSPORT.
“With all this talk about where US F1 is at, it’s been missed that there are 60+ people who have had to suffer through this for the last two months. All of us left jobs and many of us travelled cross-country for this opportunity.
“In a meeting between the employees, Windsor and Anderson, Windsor put the question up to the employees: ‘Who here doesn’t think we’ll make Bahrain?’ I think he might have meant it somewhat rhetorically, but he was answered nonetheless, and 100 per cent of the staff raised their hands. He was visibly shocked.
“But having said that, throughout the turmoil, the team has really come together and we’re all committed to the project; precious few have left in spite of the uncertainty of whether we’ll be paid this Friday. I’ve never seen such dedication.”
Further reports this evening indicate the FIA has become involved, although they have not yet been confirmed.