Lopez-US F1 announcement on Monday

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Reuters reports that Jose Marie Lopez will be confirmed as the first of US F1’s two drivers on Monday.

The US F1 team confirmed via its Facebook page that a major announcement is planned for next week.

As mentioned here earlier, Lopez hasn’t raced a single seater car since 2006.

Lopez was dropped by Renault’s driver development programme in 2006. His connection to US F1 has been rumoured for several months, during which time he has probably been putting a sponsorship package in place.

Argentina has a great historical link with F1 thanks to the likes Juan Manuel Fangio and Carlos Reutemann. But there hasn’t been a Argentinian Grand Prix since 1998 and the last Argentinian driver to race in F1 was Gaston Mazzacane, who was dropped by the Prost team early in 2001.

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