USF1 Barber test closed to public

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Barber Motorsports Park has confirmed USF1’s test session at the track will not be open to the public.

A circuit spokesperson said other details of the test have not been decided yet:

In regards to the USF1 test, we are still in negotiations at this point. If the test does come to Barber Motorsports Park, it will be closed to the public.

It’s understandable that USF1 want some secrecy, but when they’re positioning themselves as an American F1 team it’s a shame they’re missing out on such an obvious opportunity to court the fans.

I know several F1 Fanatic readers near the Alabama track including mfDB, Eric, Chris McCoy, Wesley and Justus were considering going, so I’m sorry if this news comes as a disappointment to them. Or are they still planning to go anyway?

Read more: USF1 to test F1 car in America

42 comments on “USF1 Barber test closed to public”

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  1. Who will be driving them anyway?
    I think they’d not want to feel so embarassed if things goes their opposite way … whatever, can’t wait for 2010 season..

  2. HounslowBusGarage
    14th January 2010, 8:41

    Not good. It allows me to be suspicious.
    Is there any compulsion for USF1 to publish any lap times?
    Will we know if the best pace the new car can manage is well outside the existing lap record? Undoundtedly the press release will say that the car performed as predicted and that real progress was made and that the team is looking forward to Bahrein with real confidence etc, but could it all be a gigantic con to secure sponsors?

    1. How come you think they will have a car? Some sub-woofers with recorded F1 sounds will to the job.

  3. Maybe you’re right HBG, they may be covering themselves in the event their car is a complete failure. The sponsors and drivers would be put off by that straight away. However if the car runs well, expect any further tests likely to the open to the public :)

    Look’s like they’re just waiting to see how things turn out instead of doing a BAR and being like “Yeah we’re going to win in our first season”..

  4. I think they don’t want anyone to know their lap times. Plus they don’t want to reveal their drivers maybe.

    1. I don’t think so… there will be pictures.
      I’m guessing they don’t want any public in case the car breaks down or something, being just a shakedown

  5. Sad one..aint it?

  6. I think it’s because they don’t want anyone to see the mechanics pushing the car around the track.

  7. It´s obvious they are trying to hide their lack of permormance in the opening test!
    Nevertheless, it´s a pitty, as the US fans would like to see the development of the car and see where the USF1 team is at the moment.

    1. Their lack of performance, give them a break they haven’t even tested yet.

  8. I thought Peter Windsor was the guy who was always complaining that the teams didn’t give enough access to journos. A bit hypocritical if you ask me

  9. Somebody should go there and check if you can hear a V8 driving around the track…
    Mr Windsor should stop with things like this. From my point of view he is dragging the whole american motorsport industry in the mud…

  10. I have it on good authority that USF1 has no F1 car at all. They’ve dummied up an F1 shell to fit over an old IRL car, and have a trick muffler to make the Honda sound like a Cosworth. They figure if they film it themselves, with the camera back far enough, they can trick Stefan GP or someone else really hot to get into F1 into buying them out.

    (Well, that makes as much sense as some of the other comments I’ve seen on here. Let’s just wait and see, shall we?)

  11. Silly idea, they could have won some fans over and shown the world that they do have a car and that it’s okay on pace. Now the rumours are just going to keep flying.

  12. inc0mmunicado
    14th January 2010, 12:40

    But it’s someone from the circuit who’s saying the circuit won’t be open to the public, not USF1. Even before negotiations are done. They are not really an FIA approved track for a reason (lack of runoff, fencing, etc). The track owners are probably scared of something going wrong-this has the potential after all to be the fastest machinery that would have ever run on that circuit.

  13. But it’s someone from the circuit who’s saying the circuit won’t be open to the public, not USF1. Even before negotiations are done.

    Good point. I just checked the season’s schedule for Barber Motorsports Park. Of 28 event weekends, only seven will be public events with ticket sales. The other twenty-one are private events. Seems BMP runs private events as a matter of course. One must also consider they are also a driving school, and that apparently public races are low on their list of priorities.

    Hadn’t even thought about that earlier. Good catch, inc0mmunicado.

  14. Speaking of going down to check if we can hear a Cosworth V8 at 18,000rpm. I assume that Barber will be lifting their blanket 104db noise limit for the duration.

  15. Well personally if I was in charge of a new F1 team I wouldn’t want the public around at the very first time the cars were due to run in case something went wrong.

    As for the rumours about USF1 not making the first race, again if it were me I would only be bothered if it hampered the team in anyway such as in the signing of drivers or sponsorship, otherwise I would find it quite funny all these people predicting the worst while everything is going to plan.

  16. It’s bit disappointing that F1 is trying to get in US market as we don’t have any race in 2010,the only chance for the fans to get close to F1 is now gone.
    Feel sorry for the people who will miss the opportunity

  17. Ripping on USF1, whether you’re an F1 fan or Bernie or whatever, seems to be the easy and trendy thing to do.

    Why don’t people just let them go about their work? Surely, this is not the first shakedown or straight-line test that would be done in private. Once they get to Bahrain, they will have plenty of publicity events in the US. Ever heard of patience anyone?

  18. I am home visiting from working overseas and my family lives about 4 minutes from Barber’s.I was really excited to have the opportunity to watch USF1 test their new car …especially after seeing the hilarious video they posted on Youtube. I am skeptical of the team, but am willing to give them a fair shot. After all, it is not an easy task to design and build an F1 car from scratch. I will still try and find “other” ways to watch the test and will fill you in on anything that I see or “hear”.

  19. well, .. I dunno.

    Doing a test seems useless without a professional driver with F1 experience to tell them if the car is performing well or not. I am sure the car will be able to move and start, however a test will be worthless without hitting the top speeds and for that they require a professional driver, preferably with recent F1 experience. So I dont understand their overdue and poor driver selection process.

  20. Indeed, what a shame and missed opportunity…

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