Rosberg sceptical of new teams' 2010 plans

Nico Rosberg is a driver on the market for 2010 but he says he has not had any negotiations with Formula One's three new teams. "Really, you don't know whether they will actually bring a car to the track," the 24-year-old German is quoted as ...

Nico Rosberg is a driver on the market for 2010 but he says he has not had any negotiations with Formula One's three new teams.

"Really, you don't know whether they will actually bring a car to the track," the 24-year-old German is quoted as saying by Auto Motor und Sport.

"At the moment so much is uncertain (about them)," Rosberg added. "I think probably some surprises are coming."

The new teams attracting some scepticism are USF1, Campos and Manor. Auto Motor und Sport suggested recently that USF1 at present is little more than desks and computers at its Charlotte base.

USF1 sporting director Peter Windsor however hints that it is the other two new teams that should be attracting the most negative speculation.

"From our perspective the other two new teams are very, very quiet, but I suppose I'm the wrong person to ask," he told F1's official website.

The Briton admits that the political goings-on earlier this year have delayed preparations for 2010, but he insists that progress on the actual car is on track.

"We should soon have what Americans call a 'roller' - not a complete car, but basically the chassis, with the suspension and gearbox in place - ready to do some full-scale aero tests," said Windsor.

It is rumoured that USF1, backed financially by YouTube's Chad Hurley, will base its European operation at the new Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain.

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