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The inside story of F1 2010's lost teams, #4: US F1
Having been one of the four teams to claim a Formula 1 entry for 2010, the US F1 team promised much before fading away prior to the season's commencement. Arguably, its lurch into obscurity was hardly a surprise from the outset
Formula 1's laboured endeavours to break into the American market properly had been well-documented throughout its history. In contemporary F1, having now had eight races at the purpose-built Circuit of the Americas, with an American team (Haas) and having taken on American owners (Liberty) in 2017, the tide is beginning to turn - but the stranglehold that IndyCar and NASCAR has in the States is still tough to break.
But until Gene Haas brought his eponymous outfit into F1, the last American team to participate in F1 did so 30 years prior to that. The unrelated Carl Haas' outfit, running a Lola-badged chassis penned by Neil Oatley and Ross Brawn, entered with backing from Beatrice Foods and lasted for a season and a bit before its funding from the food processing concern expired.
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