F1 » Colin Kolles: My role is to clean up the chaos!

Having been brought in to try to rescue Campos Meta 1 in time for F1 2010, former Midland, Spyker and Force India team principal Colin Kolles recognises he has some 'chaos' to clean up - but he is adamant that somehow, someway, the beleaguered Spanish operation will have two cars on the grid for the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir in three weeks' time

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ChrisD - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 2:47 PM

So let me get this straight. Midland (miserably failed), Spyker (miserably failed) and Force India (which only started doing anything after he was shown the door), now he's brought in to clean the "chaos" at Campos. LOL!!!

melonfarmer - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 3:17 PM

Kolles knows how to run teams - Euro F3, DTM and LMS will provide man power to get Campos through.

Campos himself has now lost out on his F1 team in addition to the successful Addax GP2 squad. Max's team selection process must have been verging on the masonic.

Shame Kolles can't bring his Asian Le Mans driver, Oliver Jarvis, with him...

Steve Robinson - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 4:53 PM

Crash said,
'Kolles...Having been largely absent from the sport since his services were dispensed with by Force India F1..'

I disagree. What about the Kolles Audi R10's racing in the Le Mans Series, The Le mans 24 hour race, & the Asia Le Mans Series?

I wouldn't say he has been absent from the sport (of motor racing), just not in Formula 1.

I wish that Crash would check their facts & be more clear with statements.

fellanishair - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 5:23 PM

People in other threads were asking how Ecclestone knew that Campos and USF1 wouldn't make the grid and were concocting all sorts of conspiracy theories about how he'd 'sabotaged' them. Just read Kolles description of the 'infrastructure' at Campos - and this team were believed to be further down the road than USF1! Unbelievable.

Add to that the 2 dismal 'challengers' from Virgin and Lotus at Jerez, both about 8 seconds off the pace and both halted for 24 hours because they, unbelievably, didn't have any spare parts and just maybe, people will start seeing this 'grid expansion' for the utterly bonkers idea it was.

Bring back 107% qualifying - lets keep F1 VAGUELY professional...

CB - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 5:33 PM

Fellanishair, Check the latest test times (in the dry) and I think you'll find that both the Virgin and Lotus challengers times fall well within the 107% rule. I wasn't aware that that rule had been rescinded either, although I could be wrong about that.
Also It's quite normal for new teams not to have spare parts for tests, as it's unviable to make a shed load of expensive parts that may not work, therefore need to be binned after testing, when working to a limited budget.

fellainishair - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 5:49 PM

CB, the 107% rule was rescinded at the end of 2002.

Even if you believe the dry test times are representative, Virgin and Lotus are still pretty soundly dead last and I cannot see how F1 has been 'enhanced' by having 4 underfunded extra cars make up the numbers and get in the way at the back.

Equally, if by some miracle, Campos or 'Stefan' make the grid in Bahrain, just how safe would it be to have another 4 likely slower cars, in the hands of pay drivers, competing without even having been shaken down? (Stefan can't run pre-Bahrain because they have no tyres or Bridgestone agreement). The whole thing is amateur hour, and a sad diversion in a season that otherwise promises much.

MartinMartin - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 7:06 PM

While I agree that questions have to be asked as to why USF1 and Campos were accepted when neither look capable of making the grid under their own steam, the addition of new teams was a solid move.

Remember that drivers such as Schumacher, Alonso, Webber, Barrichello, Vettel and Sutil all got their starts with backmarker teams who were thought to have little chance of points. New drivers get a chance to impress, di Grassi and Senna both look promising.

Anyway, the amount of rain at Jerez has really counted against the teams who missed Valencia, meaning that they've done a smaller proportion of the amount of expected dry laps as the established teams - over time that will even itself out.

Russell Atkins

February 20, 2010 7:06 PM


Apologies for the confusion over the term 'sport' - in this context it was used to refer just to F1 rather than to include Colin Kolles' sportscar endeavours too. It has now been altered.


Russell, Crash.net Editor

IanM - Unregistered

February 20, 2010 10:13 PM

The real isue behind this and USF1 opt-out request is how Prodrive and Lola bids were demed unsuccesful to enter F1. Will there ever be any public domiain feedback on the now discredited tendering process??
How about it Jean "1 term" Todt??

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