FIA F1 race director and technical department head Charlie Whiting is believed to be paying a call on the US F1 facility in Charlotte this morning, having travelled to America yesterday.
Although FIA sources could not confirm the trip, it’s assumed that he’s making the visit in order to find out exactly what the state of play is at the beleaguered team.
US F1 boss Ken Anderson recently asked the FIA for dispensation for the team to appear at the fifth race of the season in Barcelona. The governing body has recently issued a clarification insisting that teams cannot miss any races, despite suggestions from Bernie Ecclestone and others that the Concorde Agreement allows teams to skip three events.
Whiting will be able to determine whether the team has any chance of competing even by Spain, and will presumably submit a report back to FIA President Jean Todt.
In the past ACCUS boss Nick Craw – who naturally has been keen to see the project take off – has visited the team on behalf of the FIA.