Campos, Manor and US F1 - more on the three new teams 12 Jun 2009
When the FIA opened entries for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, it received applications from 15 potential new teams. All of those entries underwent a stringent due diligence process to ensure that new teams have the required level of funding, resources, experience and technical expertise to compete at the highest level of motor sport. Three of those teams have been confirmed for 2010 and further due diligence is currently taking place on other potential entries. Detailed below is information from the FIA about each of the new teams that will compete in the championship from next year.
Company Name: Campos Meta1 S.A.
Team Name: Campos Meta
Team Principal: Adrian Campos Suner
The Campos Racing team was launched in 1998 by ex-Formula One driver Adrian Campos. Since that time, it has competed in various championships from GP2 to Euro F3. It has won six driver championships and five team championships. Likewise, during the 2008 season, with Adrian Campos as the team principal of the Campos Grand Prix Team and shareholder of the Campos GP2 Team, Campos Grand Prix won the GP2 Series title.
Campos Racing is running the Campos Meta team in conjunction with Meta Image, a Madrid-based sports agency which specialises in event management, sponsorship acquisition, PR and image rights marketing.
The Campos Meta teams headquarters are based in Madrid, which houses the marketing and administrative departments. The technical centre is based at Campos Racings current headquarters in Valencia, 25km from the Ricardo Tormo race track. This facility currently manages design and development for the Campos Racing F3 and Mexico A1GP teams.
As part of its application to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Campos has agreed an engine supply deal with Cosworth and technical partnerships with Dallara Automobili and Xtrac.
Company Name: Manor Grand Prix Racing
Team Name: Manor F1 Team
Country: United Kingdom
Team Principal: John Alfred Booth
The Manor name came into racing in 1990 when former single-seater champion John Booth decided to establish his own team. Since that time, Manor's record of success includes some 171 Race Wins and 19 Championship Titles in championships such as Formula Renault and Formula 3 Euroseries.
Manor is based in the UK across two sites, one in Sheffield and the other in Bicester. Its technical innovation is characterised by the fact that the race cars are designed, tested and refined entirely in the digital domain using the processes originally developed by Wirth Research Limited (WRL).
WRL is an engineering company, founded by Nick Wirth in 2003, which specialises in research, development and manufacturing in the high technology sector. WRL's designs were successful in winning both the 2004 and 2005 lndy Racing League championships and it has recently produced race winning designs for Honda competing in the American Le Mans Series.
Wirth, who is the Technical Director of Manor Grand Prix Racing, started his career as an Aerodynamicist for the March F1 racing team. He was responsible for aerodynamic concepts as well as scheming and design of wind tunnel model components for the 1988 and 1989 Leyton House March F1 cars.
From 1993 to 1995, Wirth was Founder/Owner/Technical Director of the Simtek F1 team, which started in the 1994 F1 championship. Simtek Research provided the team with all of the engineering and design of the cars. Wirth went on to become Chief Designer for the Benetton F1 team from 1996 to 1999.
As part of its application to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, Manor has agreed an engine supply deal with Cosworth.
Company Name: Team US F1
Team Name: Team US F1
Team Principal: Ken Anderson
Team US F1 is a new racing operation but its directors have many years of motor sport experience and it has already attracted a host of investors.
US F1s Team Principal Ken Anderson has been involved in motor sport for over 30 years. His experiences include designing and constructing multiple Indy 500 and IndyCar Series-winning race cars, operating as technical director for the Ligier and Onyx Formula One teams and creating the advanced Windshear Wind Tunnel.
Fellow team director Peter Windsor has worked in F1 for over 35 years as a journalist, team manager and consultant. He has worked as the team manager for the championship-winning Williams-Renault team, the manager for Ferraris F1 chassis and suspension departments and as a consultant for F1 drivers Nigel Mansell and Carlos Reutemann.
As part of its application to compete in the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, US F1 has agreed an engine supply deal with Cosworth.