The Campos Meta 1 outfit was so confident of its entry being accepted for the 2010 F1 World Championship that it began building its new Dallara chassis back in March, it has been revealed – as the team insists that the prevailing political uncertainty within the sport is not affecting its preparations in any way.
The Spanish operation was awarded one of three additional spots in the top flight for next season, alongside North Carolina-based USF1 and Yorkshire concern Manor, and beating off opposition of the likes of David Richards' Prodrive/Aston Martin bid and iconic British marque Lola.
Run by ex-grand prix ace and former GP2 Series team owner Adrian Campos, the squad will use low-cost, customer Cosworth powerplants and Dallara chassis', which have been on the construction bench now for more than three months – before its application had even been approved by governing body the FIA. And the current political turmoil and cloudy technical regulations for 2010, Dallara owner Gian Paolo Dallara underlines, have not deterred progress in the slightest.
“We are continuing as if nothing has happened," the Italian told GPWeek
. “We started designing three months ago; we took the risk with Campos that, if our entry was not accepted, we would throw away three months of work. We took this decision because we decided that it would be nearly impossible to design and produce an F1 car in the short time from June until the 2010 season.
“Our car will be two wheel-drive, without the possibility to refuel and without KERS. We have worked on a 2009 specification, adding the extra fuel capacity required for 2010; we have very clear plans about the design of our car, and we are aware of what is possible within our limited budget.”