USF1 co-principal Peter Windsor has revealed that the team has already turned down two lucrative offers from pay-drivers for next season s Formula 1 championship.
Windsor revealed that two drivers who have yet to taste F1 racing had been in touch to see if they could become pay-drivers within the newly formed USF1 team. The money offered is significant, equating to around three quarters of the team s racing budget, however both drivers have been turned down.
“We ve been offered well over thee-quarters of our racing budget by two drivers already, neither of whom have raced in Formula One but both have won races in GP2,â€ Windsor explained in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “Both of them have massive sponsorship they can bring us from their home country.
“Ken and I have got to be very strong, look one another in the eye and say, â€˜no, we are not going to accept that money; we are not going to hire those guys becaused we re going to remain true to our convictions. â€
Windsor has always stated that they are hoping to give two young American drivers a chance in F1 next season, however the 2010 season may see an experienced non-American in one of the race seats.