Danica Patrick has finally spoken some more about the USF1 project, made official by Ken Anderson and Peter Windsor last week on Speed TV. Danica, who has been put on USF1’s list of possible candidates for one of the drives, said that although she is still yet to receive a communication from the new team, a move from IndyCar to Formula One would require very careful consideration. Something many of BlogF1’s readers felt last week when USF1’s Anderson commented about the American racer.
Despite only winning one race in IndyCar so far and having been soundly beaten by her team mates, Patrick is still an interesting driver for many teams because of the marketability of the young lady. Being one only a few female drivers, and not afraid to speak her mind, Patrick brings a lot of interest wherever she goes. The photographs published in Sports Illustrated recently do little to discourage attention.
However, Danica is very aware of what a move from one discipline to another may do to her career, and while she is performing okay in IndyCar, a move to Formula One could very easily be disastrous as it could be spectacular. Patrick is concerned of making the move only to find the car she is in is hopelessly off the pace, leading to criticism and possible embarrassment.
I don’t believe that it’s very productive to lead people on if it’s not something that I’m interested in because you’re really opening yourself up then.
What if you go and do it and it doesn’t go ideally or perfect and you don’t set the world on fire? Then all of a sudden all you did was just open yourself up to criticism.
So I would think about it and I would check the schedule, and we’ll cross that bridge if it ever comes. Danica Patrick.
Danica Patrick’s contract with her current emplyer, Andretti Green Racing, ends at the close of the 2009 season, meaning that at the moment, Danica is free to move for 2010, the proposed entry year for USF1. It is probably likely that Patrick will test a USF1 car when one has been built, but thinking about the competitiveness of all previous new teams in Formula One, Danica may very well decide not to join (if a drive is offered). At least, not in the team’s first season anyway.