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02/25/09
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McLaren's Whitmarsh backs return to US
Martin Whitmarsh
McLaren's incoming team principal Martin Whitmarsh has said Formula One is looking to reassert itself in America and welcomed the arrival of the USF1 team in 2010.

"The United States of America is clearly a crucial market for all Formula One's car manufacturers - and for many of its sponsors, too," Whitmarsh told Autosport.

"The fact that at the moment the Formula One calendar boasts no United States Grand Prix is therefore a great pity, and it goes without saying that all at McLaren Mercedes would applaud the return of the United States Grand Prix to the F1 calendar - either at Indianapolis or elsewhere.

"Indeed, a desire to reinstate the United States Grand Prix has recently been discussed during meetings of the FOTA commercial commission, which is headed up by Renault's Flavio Briatore, so it would be fair to say that it's something that's already on the teams' wish-list for the future - and I know that both the FIA and FOM are supportive of that collective wish."

"A United States-based F1 team, ideally fielding at least one US-born driver, would be an excellent vehicle via which all F1 stakeholders could make important promotional and commercial inroads into what remains the world's biggest economy," Whitmarsh continued.

"For that reason alone, we at McLaren Mercedes applaud Peter Windsor's and Ken Anderson's efforts to set up their all-new USF1 team, and I'm sure the management of all Formula One teams feel the same way.

"It's tough out there at the moment from a sponsorship-acquisition point of view, and it won't therefore be easy for Peter and Ken - but I'm sure they both know that.

"What's beyond doubt, though, is that such a project could only be feasible as a result of the recent cost-cutting program spearheaded by the FIA and FOTA. We wish USF1 well."

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