Further to my last posting, events are moving along quickly and it seems that a deal that sees the Campos Meta team rescued – and Jose Maria Lopez installed alongside Bruno Senna – could be announced as early as Friday. When I tried to get hold of Lopez Thursday night, via a third party, he was in a London pub. Was he celebrating a deal?
As reported earlier, Lopez and his advisor Felipe McGough have been in London for the past two days, and have met with Bernie Ecclestone and others at the offices of Formula One Management. Bernie is obviously keen to see the Campos project reach the grid and has it seems given his blessing to a marriage of convenience that involves Lopez, original Campos investor Jose Ramon Carabante, and former Midland, Spyker and Force India boss Colin Kolles. Kolles of course runs DTM and LMS teams, and can thus quickly put together a crew to run the team’s Dallara-Cosworths. Nevertheless making it to Bahrain in time is not going to be easy…
YouTube founder Chad Hurley, who has washed his hands of the US F1 project, may also be a part of the deal. His advisor Parris Mullins has been in London this week and is party to the negotiations.
Kolles would not elaborate when I spoke to him on Thursday evening, but said he had had a busy day, and hinted that we might get some news sooner rather than later. His view was supported by a report on an Argentinian website – one with links to McGough – indicating that the deal had been agreed in principle.
Meanwhile there has been no word from US F1. One might speculate that Bernie’s next project will be to find to way to ensure that Stefan GP makes the grid, quite possibly by taking over the American team’s paperwork and thus its entry.
The recent addition of Jacques Villeneuve to the list of possible Stefan drivers would certainly give Bernie even more reason to support the Serbian-owned outfit. There is after all a Canadian GP in approximately four months’ time.
The next few days are going to be interesting…