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Jonathan Summerton is in negotiations with the USF1 Team to join it in its inaugural year of F1 in 2010.

The 21 year old American, whose podium at the weekend has moved him up to second position in the Indy Lights Championship, has raced against a number of current F1 racers and testers and fared well against such opposition as Romain Grosjean, Sebastien Buemi, Kamui Kobayashi and Kazuki Nakajima.

In an exclusive interview with GPWeek, Summerton is introduced as a leading contender for the USF1 drive next season, and confirmed he was in negotiations with the team.

“I have been in touch with Peter and Ken quite a lot and it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to be,” he says in this week’s GPWeek Magazine. “Hopefully everything comes together with the team and the driver. It would be a dream come true making it to Formula 1 and being able to show that it can be done without a budget, to say the least. The last four years have been a hard push at times to even find a ride and luckily each year I’ve been able to find something. To be able to make it to the pinnacle of motorsport, to be able to race against all those guys I raced against in Formula 3 EuroSeries, and to do it with an American team, too, would be great.”

To read the interview go to www.gpweek.com now and turn to page 28.