The Players (top, L-R): Adrian Campos, YouTube, Jose Ramon Carabante; (middle, L-R): Colin Kolles, Geoff Willis; (bottom, L-R): Bertrand Baguette, José Mariá López; Karun Chandhok.
The likelihood that Campos will make the grid in Bahrain appeared more certain after a management restructure, AUTOSPORT has revealed.
Jose Ramon Carabante – the majority shareholder in the team – appears on the verge of taking full control of the team from its founder Adrian Campos. The team has been embroiled in financial problems in the past few months, but the Spanish businessman is hoping its Dallara-designed cars will be on the grid for the opening round.
That being said, the team is highly unlikely to make the final pre-season test at Barcelona next week.
Carabante has engaged the services of former Force India
dentist team principal Colin ‘Chav’ Kolles and former Red Bull technical director Geoff Willis, who raised eyebrows when he showed up last week’s Jerez test. However, it is unclear if either will have a long-term involvement with the team.
With recent rumours indicating that the increasingly shaky USF1 looks set to lose its principal financier YouTube, who are hotly rumoured to switch to Campos and take the team’s solely-signed driver José Mariá López along with them.
Other drivers linked to partner Bruno Senna in the remaining seat at Campos are GP2 race-winner Karun Chandhok and Formula Renault champion Bertrand Baguette. As ever, their appointment might come down to their sponsorship portfolio…
Campos was unavailable for comment at the time AUTOSPORT published its article. It also remains to be seen if the team name would change as a result of this reshuffle.
‘Team Carabante’ just doesn’t have a ring to it!
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