CART as high-profile F1 'feeder' series?

CART CEO Chris Pook has indicated that the US sanctioning body is in talks with Bernie Ecclestone of Formula One Administration about a possible link between the two series, claims a Reuters report. Yesterday Pook told a news conference in the lead-up to Sunday's Australian race that he would be open to a role for CART as a high-profile US 'feeder series' for F1

CART as high-profile F1 'feeder' series?

The remarks added fuel to rumours to the effect that CART may switch to F1-type V10 engines in 2005, and that Ecclestone is interested in acquiring a majority stake in the CART company.
Pook said that he was hoping for a relationship with F1 "whereby we can help develop F1 drivers." He went on to say that he hoped CART would also be a series contested by famous F1 drivers in the twilight of their careers.

The news met with mixed reactions. The 2002 CART champion, Christiano da Matta, called the idea "insulting." The Newman Haas driver led the criticism of Pook's remarks: "There's a bunch of guys over here who are a lot better than a lot of the guys in F1. So it would be strange to have a training series where you have guys that are better than the other side."

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