O The contract of USF1 was officially announced with the former Renault test driver of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on Monday afternoon in the government house (Casa Rosada) in Buenos Aires.
Argentina stands behind Lopez
' The Argentine government is very happy to be behind this exciting new project and we wish José Maria and the team the best for the 2010 season, 'she said. Lopez will be the 24th Argentine in Formula 1 - the most famous was the five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio.
This means that all 13 teams have at least one pilot for the 2010 World Cup. To date, USF1 was the only racing team that had not yet named a driver. Three places have to be filled by the start of the season. In addition to the second cockpit at USF1, Renault and Campos are also missing a driver.
Great challenge for USF1
'This is a memorable day for me , my family and the people in Argentina, 'said Lopez, who, according to USF1 information on the team's website, has already completed more than 6,000 test kilometers in a Formula 1 car.
Of course a new team poses a lot of challenges, but 'our goal is to improve with every race,' said Lopez. According to speculation, the Argentine brings a few millions in sponsorship money.