US F1 sporting director Peter Windsor insists there are no doubts that his team will be on the grid at the start of the 2010 season.
Responding to comments made by Bernie Ecclestone in which the Formula 1 commercial rights manager suggested he had doubts about the American team, Windsor said the outfit is actually in good shape, and is only awaiting engine supplier Cosworth to finalize its new powerplant.
"I'm surprised Bernie said that. We will be there. We're in good shape," Windsor told Britain's BBC Sport. "Everything is going well and we are looking forward to the year. We've just finished the chassis and are now in the hands of Cosworth."
US F1 is the only one of the new teams yet to sign a driver for its debut season, but Windsor said an announcement can be expected in the later part of January.
"We are trying to find the best drivers we can; there's no rush," he said. "We have no date [for car completion]. It's difficult to predict when that date would be. However, there will be a moment when we announce the drivers at the factory and that will be some time toward late January."