Yesterday, Campos Meta team confirmed that it had been taken over by Jose Jose Ramon Carabante with former Midland, Spyker & Force India boss Colin Kolles taking over as Team Principal on behalf of Carabante. This means that there is no place for Adrian Campos after this takeover. A rather sad end to Adrian’s dream and one cannot feel sorry for him after all the effort he’s put in. You have to respect the decision he took given the fact that the only way to save to team was to sell it completely. There is no word yet if this deal includes his European F3 team of if this is just the F1 arm of the operation.
It has been reported that ex-Williams, BAR & Red Bull engineer Geoff Willis will be bought into the team along with former BMW chief engineer Mike Krack.
Kolles is quoted as saying “I have a big network, but this is the smallest problem, the mechanics and engineers and so on. This is almost sorted out already. There are other issues. About everything, you have to find agreements with Cosworth, Dallara, Xtrac, all the other suppliers, discussions with drivers, with Bernie. You have to eliminate the ‘race stoppers,’ that’s the point.”
It would appear that some of the agreements and deals between the suppliers and the team have come into doubt during the takeover process, but no doubt that Bernie is getting involved to make sure that everything is sorted out quickly.
“Over the next ten days we will review the entire operation, find the extra funding to ensure the team will make the first race in Bahrain, announce the line-up for 2010 in due time and make the operation viable under Jose Ramon Carabante’s new ownership” Kolles said.
“It’s very clear that we need a budget to rescue the team… And that’s it. In Jordan [in 2005] we also had to start with pay drivers, and then it developed. After four years you have full professional drivers. When the team is performing and the team is efficient, that is on a second page.”
This last statement leaves Bruno Senna, who had signed a deal with Campos Meta to drive in 2010, unsure if he will have a race seat in the new team. It would be unfortunate if this does happen as this will be the second time in two years that Senna has been denied a race seat due to the troubles of the teams he’d signed up for. Just think what he could have done with last years Brawn/Honda!
A familiar name to all F1 readers has been bandied around as a possible driver for the new team, that being Jose Maria Lopez who had signed to USf1, a team with it’s own troubles. Lopez has the backing from the Argentinian government and would bring a very hefty sponsorship package.
With Adrian Campos gone, it would seem pointless for the Campos name to remain above the garage door. Without the tricky paperwork of BMW Sauber’s name change and loss of last years TV, it would surprise no-one if a car with ‘Campos’ as it’s name never makes it into the F1 history books.
“It will be a different one[name]… Let’s wait.” Kolles said. “Maybe with an American flavour,” he said mischievously. “Maybe with an American-Spanish flavour!”
So, would you like ice with that Quilmes Mr. Lopez?