Campos Grand Prix Likely to Be Sold Before 2010 Opener

We’ve reported to you some while ago that Bernie Ecclestone hinted not all 13 teams will actually make the grid in 2010. Among those suggested by the Formula One supremo, the media found out that Campos Grand Prix and US F1 were the ones in trouble. Although both have issued quick releases to deny the reports, it now seems Ecclestone knows his game too well.

According to a report from German website, Adrian Campos’ team is allegedly looking for a buyer for his Formula One team. Although they were among the first ones to receive a new entriy in the F1 Series during the summer of 2009, it seems the Spanish outfit hasn’t found the necessary sponsorship money to sustain their maiden campaign in the championship.

Campos previously entered his team in Formula One’s feeder series, the GP2 championship, but running an organization inside the Great Circle – despite the significant cut in expenditures set up by the FIA through the last year – seems a lot more difficult to handle. The aforementioned website notes that it’s the budget problems that are likely to influence the team’s future in F1.

“It is not a secret that we do not have the budget. And time is scarce. If we can find a good investor, we could sell part of the team to them. If necessary we could sell the whole team, but the basic conditions would have to be right,” said a source from within the Campos Grand Prix team, as reported by the aforementioned site.

Campos already employed Bruno Senna for the 2010 season of Formula One, but the deal clearly states the Brazilian will work for free next year (his salary will be paid by his sponsors). Additionally, Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa was no longer preferred for the vacant spot in the team because of his lack of sponsorship, which further strengthens the rumors.

According to the same source, one potential buyer of the team could be A1 GP boss Tony Teixeira, who was allegedly interested in buying into Super Aguri, Spyker, Toro Rosso and Honda teams in the past.
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