Campos Meta 1 confirm Bruno Senna will make his F1 debut in 2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bruno Senna will be on the F1 grid with Campos in 2010
Bruno Senna will be on the F1 grid with Campos in 2010

F1 newcomers Campos Meta 1 have officially revealed Bruno Senna as the first of their F1 drivers for the team’s debut season in 2010. The announcement had been rumoured for several weeks.

The nephew of Ayrton Senna competed in the Le Mans Series this year after finishing second in last year’s GP2 championship for iSport. After his uncle’s death in 1994, Bruno’s racing career was put on hiatus for almost ten years.

The rookie tested for Honda last year and was expected to make his F1 debut for them this year. Their withdrawal from F1 forced a change of plans.

The Brazilian’s team mate is yet to be confirmed. Campos wanted the experienced Pedro de la Rosa to fill the seat but needs a driver with a budget.

Despite being a Spanish team in search of a local driver (and with two Spanish races on the calendar), team owner Adrian Campos told media yesterday they are struggling to find a sponsor in Spain.

This is less of a problem for world champion Fernando Alonso with his Santander-backed move to Ferrari, and Jaime Alguersuari who signed a marketing deal with Seat this week.

Campos is considering Russian Vitaly Petrov and Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado for the second seat, who have four and three years’ GP2 experience respectively. Either choice would give the team an all-rookie line-up for their first championship season.

Senna is the second rookie to be confirmed for the 2010 F1 season, joining new Williams driver Nico H?ā??lkenberg.

Campos is expected to reveal its first F1 car at the end of January.

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Bruno Senna confirmed for 2010

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That famous helmet design is back (click to enlarge)
That famous helmet design is back (click to enlarge)