The future has taken root at Campos Meta in the image of ex-Midland, Spyker and Force India boss Colin Kolles as well as Campos investor Jose Ramon Carabante. According to Carabante, the team has been rescued from the downward spiral of closure.
“I would like to thank Bernie Ecclestone, who worked tremendously to support our efforts to keep the team viable,” said Carabante.
“The whole rescue operation has been a race against time with the goal of always having the team run two competitive cars at the first Grand Prix of the F1 season in Bahrain.
“We have a lot of hard work still ahead of us but we are excited about making our F1 debut and looking forward to a competitive season.”
While Kolles hasn’t exactly won world championships or numerous races while at the helm of a team, he has proven capable of setting a team up and running a competitive car in F1. That experience is invaluable when it comes to fledgling teams needing good management and quick reaction on a limited budget. Kolles, more than anyone else, has proven he can do just that. Good new for signed driver Bruno Senna and the team.
It seems F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone has been heavily involved in making this possible and this actually could bode well for USF1 if he is also actively involved in helping the team remain solvent and capable of fielding a car for 2010.
“I could not resist this tremendous challenge and am very excited to join forces in this new team,” said Kolles.
“Over the next ten days we will review the entire operation, find the extra funding to ensure the team will make the first race in Bahrain, announce the line-up for 2010 in due time and make the operation viable under Jose Ramon Carabante’s new ownership.”
The next question on everyone’s mind is, what will Ecclestone do with USF1 and Stefan GP?