US GP team on schedule

US F1 team leading light Ken Anderson insists that his project is on schedule, and that it is not being affected by the cost cap debate.

Anderson, who has put the team together with journalist and former Williams team manager Peter Windsor, met the FIA’s Alan Donnelly at the Spanish GP to discuss progress. The team is being put together in Charlotte, the home of NASCAR, where Anderson runs the state-of-the-art Windshear wind tunnel facility. The intention is to also have a European base in Spain.

“This is something I’ve been working on for three or four years,” the former Ligier and Onyx engineer told Motor Sport. “We’re in the new building. We’ve got 15-20 people on the staff now, and each one has another three or four people that they can bring.

“The car is basically drawn. It’s in CFD right now. The rules themselves are a little bit fuzzy in a couple of areas still, but we’re locking down the chassis, engine, gearbox and suspension before we set off on some of the other things. We’re in the design phase now, and about mid-June we’ll start producing parts. We’ll have the first car on the ground late September, early October.”