Peter WindsorThe young German race car driver Jackie Weiss met up with USF1 responsible Peter Windsor at the last Grand Prix in Valencia. In a short on the go interview, Windsor speaks about the new Formula 1 Team, USF1, and criticizes the American support for young American drivers with the F1 goal.

Jackie Weiss, race car driver: My question is especially about your drivers for the US F1 Formula One Team. I know you are doing the Grand Prix shoot-out and then you will push the Youngsters all the way up. And you want to do this for the other crew members like mechanics and engineers too, I heard…

Peter Windsor, US F1 Team, (he thinks a second): You know what? It´s a good idea…but: no, we haven´t planned on doing this on mechanics and engineers. Most of our mechanics and engineers for our race team will be guys that are very new to formula one. They all are going to be be American, and they all have experience from the United States. We believe there are a lot of pretty good guys there. There is a whole bunch of them already kean to come into the formula one, into the system of formula one and do a good job.  All of that team will be American. And the same applies to the engineers. What I just said.

As far as drivers go. Personally I have always loved trying to help young drivers and  find young drivers and talent. And I do that at quite a young age, with Nigel Mansell.

I discovered Nigel when he was in formula 3. And I took him all the way up to the formula 1. And I believe I can do that with other drivers too. Because we are doing an American Team I think it´s pretty logical and fair that we should focus on finding young Americans. But if I can also help drivers others nationality, not as certain in our team, but giving them advice and maybe helping them with sponsorship or whatever. I´d love to be able to do that. And certainly with a grand prix shootout, you mentioned that some very, very talented young drivers from Europe showed up in the first round – I love to be able to help them. I am not sure how I can, but I hope I can, in some form.

Jackie Weiss: I do have one more question about the reaction. You probably got a lot of Fan emails from the whole United States. Is it all positive, or are there some critics, and people who doubt?

Peter Windsor: Well, there are a few people with having doubts. And they are basically along the lines of ´is the team going to happen? which is a valid question. But here the answer is ´yes´. So it’s odd to deal with that. The other one is ´can American drivers actually wins in Formula One and can we really deliver Formula One drivers from the United States´. But the answer to that is: It´s not going to be easy, because it´s all a financial question. There are many drivers from Europe with full budgets to take to Formula One Teams like ours, but no Americans, with any budget at all. Because America itself hasn´t done a good job by looking after his young talents. Not many young Americans want to go to Formula One, instead they all want to go to Nascar. Because it´s very difficult to raise the money. And the reason for that is, that over the last ten, fifteen years the American IndyCar Teams, which is the number one single seater Championship in America, have done a very poor job of nurturing American talent. They tend always to run drivers from overseas to bring money to the teams, usually with unpronounceable names. For me it´s astonishing that an American Championship like that hasn´t had a self imposed rule, which says that each team must run at least one American driver. Because the way to build us here as up is to have big American stars.

That´s why Nascar works so well. They have great American drivers, and they are all big stars. That´s what IndyCar lacks. American Star drivers. Because of that we are coming into Formula One. And we are having to try to make up for sort of fifteen years lack of support for American drivers. So, it´s unlikely we will be able to take one in our first year, but we are still hoping to do that. But certainly year two I am pretty confident there will be up and running enough to be able to get an American in the car.

Jackie Weiss: I know you are here at the Street Circuit in Valencia for ‘Speed´ to cover the Formula One Grand Prix of Europe for America. Are you going to keep the job while doing your US F1 Formula One Team? It´s going to be difficult…

Peter Windsor (laughing): Well, if I do my job well…hopefully I have some really good people, doing everything and I will be able to relax and chill back, and do some work for ´Speed´ – that’s what I like to do. But, I don´t know yet, I have to see. I´d love to do work for ´Speed´. It´s a great TV-Channel, the biggest motorsports channel in the world. 90.000 square feet of high tech technology, devoted for motorsport. It´s a brilliant facility, brilliant company. And if I am not going to have to be asked to continue to work for them I certainly do what I can to take that up.

Jackie Weiss: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.

Peter Windsor: No problem. Good questions!

By Jackie Weiss / Speed-Magazine.de

The young German race car driver Jackie Weiss met up with USF1 responsible Peter Windsor at the last Grand Prix in Valencia. In a short on the go interview, Windsor speaks about the new Formula 1 Team, USF1, and criticizes the American support for young American drivers with the F1 goal.