Patrick rules out USF1 seat
Danica Patrick has all but ruled out switching to F1 next year.
The 27-year-old American female racer, who currently drives in the United States' premier IndyCar open wheel category, has been linked with the new USF1 team.
But speculation also hints at a NASCAR move for the diminutive Patrick, and when questioned about her plans for 2010 is quoted as saying by the LA Times, "I'd say it's probably not F1".
She said she has little interest in the USF1 outfit, whose principals Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor are targeting American drivers and have named Patrick specifically.
"Not really, and the fact is that to my knowledge they've never called," she revealed.
In 2005, Patrick turned down the offer of a demonstration run in a formula one car at Indianapolis, and last year Honda chief executive Nick Fry's invitation of a proper test drive reportedly went unanswered.
"I've had opportunities to take it a step further with formula one, and I don't want to lead anyone down a path. It's not in my heart to go there," Patrick said.
She moved to England in the late 1990s to advance her formative career in open wheelers, but for several years has settled on the American scene.
"I've explored Europe before," Patrick said in Los Angeles. "I particularly like to be here and I like my family and I like my friends and I like my creature comforts of my home country."
F1 fan - 2009-07-20 10:34
Pity, I have seen her race in the US and I reckon that she could upstage some3 of the Pretty Boys in F1 purely in looks alone. :)
Dr. No - 2009-07-20 12:11
This is simply devastating news. Who cares if she comes stone last. I'd give her a trophy at every race, just for being gorgeous.
Shark - 2009-07-20 14:10
All is well for her not coming to F1. F1 doesnt need another driver placed in an F1 seat for anything but skill. There are quite a few F1 drivers that are there not because they the best but because of sponsors etc. Danica will be just like that. A sponsorship seat. Dont get me wrong she is very good racer just not F1 good. Ive seen her race in Indy Car, not a championship contender. IndyCar champiuons are usually average in F1 (Monty and Bordeux specificaly). Average IndyCar driver will just be hopeless in F1
Ben Dover - 2009-07-21 14:28
Let's face it, Danica is average at best behind the wheel. At F1 level she's going to be taking out share options on the back of the grid. But, who cares, she's hot.