José Mariá López’s manager has confirmed that earnest talks have started with Campos owner José Ramon Carabante and USF1 investor (also YouTube founder) Chad Hurley to secure a deal that will see the Argentine
wallet driver switch from USF1.
With USF1’s ambitions looking more mired with each passing day, rumours started circulating that YouTube and López could abandon the sinking ship and move to Campos.
López’s manager , Felipe McGough, has been working the Argentine media overnight to shore up support for his client.
McGough told Argentine radio station Cadena 3: "We’ve already talked for many hours with the investors behind US F1 and the new owners of the Campos Meta Formula 1 team. We discussed a possible merger but also what will happen to José Mariá López."
Speaking with Diario Hoy, McGough said: "The two groups that talked today will do everything possible so that [he] can be in Formula 1. Both talked for several hours to find a solution for the budget issues both teams have. For us this merger is very important as it works in favour of Lopez racing this year.
"We have been doing everything possible and we haven’t taken any false steps. The financial difficulties, and the trust we had put after the recognition from the FIA have made things complicated and we must accept that [US F1’s] cars will not be ready for Bahrain.
"Right now things are in the hands of the two investing groups. They have the final word. We have hopeful we will reach a resolution to come back to Argentina with good news about Lopez."
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