Changes at Campos put Kolles in charge

Jose Roman Carabante (left) has taken over from Adrian Campos

Jose Roman Carabante (left) has taken over from Adrian Campos

The widely-rumoured troubles at Campos have finally materialised with the confirmation that Jose Ramon Carabante has taken over the team.

Carabante, previously a shareholder in the team, has replaced founder Adrian Campos in charge of the Spanish entry. Colin Kolles returns to F1 to take over from Campos as team principal and managing director.

According to Adam Cooper, who revealed several details of the impending deal yesterday, US F1 driver Jose Maria Lopez is in the frame to join Bruno Senna at the team as US F1’s entry has hit trouble.

That could pave the way for Stefan GP to take US F1’s place as the 13th team in the sport.

Kolles has previously run F1 operations at Jordan, Midland and Force India. The team still plans to be at the F1 season opener at Bahrain, the first practice session of which is now just three weeks away.

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69 comments on Changes at Campos put Kolles in charge

  1. Prisoner Monkeys said on 19th February 2010, 23:17

    I find a few lines of Adam Cooper’s latest blog post significant: Kolles has sad the team name will be changed and that it may be something “Spanish-American”. That leads a hell of a lot of credibility to the notion that Chad Hurley might be investing in them.

    We could see Cabarante-Hurley F1 this season. Cabarante-Hurley? Cabarley? Hurlabante?

  2. Jonesracing82 said on 19th February 2010, 23:25

    USF1 only has a youtube page….. tho it now seems even that is gone as well! so much hype over nothing!
    seems Campos should now make Bahrain grid? best nes as that means Bruno Senna gets his drive still, and he should be in melbourne too!

    • Franton said on 19th February 2010, 23:31

      Nope, their website and YouTube pages are functioning. Just checked them out.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 19th February 2010, 23:51

      Colin Kolles didn’t confirm whether Senna would be stayin. He was signed for free, with Campos hoping to use his name to attract sponsors – which didn’t happen. If they need money, they may be forced to drop Senna and take pay-drivers like Lopez and Chandhok (in which case it would be a Sanish team run out of Italy by a Romanian team principal with an Argentine and an Indian driver, so if nothing else, Formula 1 is truly multicutural).

      However, if Lopez joins ‘Campos’, it could well be that Hurley and his money will come with him. He probably won’t be getting much of his USF1 investment back, but if he has acquired their licence – and given that he had the most invested in the team, he’d have the most power and therefore first claim to their assets – he could sell it to Stefan, get a good price on it and put that money back into ‘Campos’, which would probably secure Senna’s place unless the team is really desperate.

  3. wasiF1 said on 20th February 2010, 1:08

    It’s a good news,now who will pair Senna? & What driver’s line-up will Stefan GP have.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 20th February 2010, 1:30

      Senna is by no means confirmed at ‘Campos’. They may be forced to drop him. Stefan do not have a grid entry, so they do not have drivers.

  4. Icthyes said on 20th February 2010, 1:11

    I think the whole situation what a farce the FIA’s selection process is. These entries were effectively accepted on the promise of money that wasn’t guaranteed. In future, the FIA should be more strict on prospective entrants’ financial situations.

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 20th February 2010, 1:21

      No money was guaranteed for any of the teams. Who in their right mind would sign millions of dollars over to a team that stood a pretty good chance of never even being selected?

      • Icthyes said on 20th February 2010, 3:02

        “We, the undersigned, pledge to sponsor Team X to the amount of $3 million if they are accepted as an entrant to the Formula 1 world championship.”

        A simplistic way of putting it, but there’s the option. I ask, who in their right mind would accept entrants who didn’t even have anything approaching a guarantee of being able to collect the required amount to compete? The usual suspects, it seems. At least Lola and Prodrive would have had a better chance of finding funds, even if that money wouldn’t have been guaranteed and their entries might have also failed.

        The FIA’s selection process would be akin to giving Milton Keynes the Olympics because they pledged to buy all their construction material from one company.

        • Prisoner Monkeys said on 20th February 2010, 4:04

          All of the teams would have had just that (except maybe myf1dream, which was to be funded by fan donations an likely the first one eliminated).

  5. Florida Mike said on 20th February 2010, 3:05

    To win American fans, we need a Chad Hurley backed team with Anthony Davidson driving, and call it Hurley-Davidson F1!

  6. Well. Bruno Senna will be in the grid!!!

  7. Well seen as most people seem to be writing USF1 off while Campos look set to race, is it clear what route Stefan GP have to take to make the grid?

    If USF1 refused to admit defeat even though it was obvious they would not make it, would The FIA have to wait until they had missed three races to give their slot to Stefan GP or could they be granted a place from the first race in Bahrain?

    Some people are saying that Stefan GP would need the approval of all the other teams as well as the FIA if they wanted to race, is this true in all cases such as buying USF1’s entry or just replacing them?

    • Aleksandar Serbia said on 20th February 2010, 11:07

      PJA that was my point initially, that the US based team would have a prerogative to Stefan since they could bring more US interest in a couple of years and that means more money.
      Fia is playing the ass licking Burger nation card :(
      Why in the world would you give teams to decide weather Zoran can get in, but allow US on a fly, and this three races free nonsence, what is that?
      If Mclaren were to ask an extension like that Bernie would have no problem in making a laughing stock out of them!
      Stefan GP cannot announce a driver lineup, since they cannot sign anyone, what if they get rejected, those drivers get paychecks for free vacation!
      If the FIA would be fair they would have made a 1 month test deadline and those who do not have the car ready one month before the race, get ejected!
      In that case Zoran would already be testing in Jerez!

  8. Chaz said on 2nd March 2010, 20:51

    Fingers crossed matters get sorted now…

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