The F1 hopefuls' race against time

The F1 hopefuls' race against time

Two of Formula 1's new teams have now begun testing, but rumour and intrigue still surrounds the other two. Dieter Rencken investigates the state of play for US F1 and Campos

Last week saw ten teams testing at Jerez, and with Lotus launching the T127 on Friday evening, the 2010 grid is gradually taking shape. There remain, though, two exceptions – namely US F1 and Campos Meta1 – from whom the silence has been absolutely deafening of late, and about whom one hears statements from various unrelated, yet equally adamant, sources that neither outfit will make the opening round in Bahrain on 14 March – which is, forget not, less than four weeks away.

In that off-beat way peculiar to Formula 1 it seems, despite the massive divide between the two teams, their ultimate destinies are, according to impeccable sources, linked beyond the simple facts that both are cash-strapped, hard-pressed time-wise and have each signed just one driver. Read on...

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