Adrian Campos has moved to deny talk that McLaren-Mercedes reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa
has already been signed up to compete for new F1 entry Campos Grand Prix in 2010 – as rumours suggest Bruno Senna is also on the team's wish list for its maiden campaign of competition in the top flight.
de la Rosa has not begun a grand prix since the 2006 finale at Interlagos in Brazil, but has kept himself sharp in the interim period through testing for the multiple world championship-winning Woking-based concern – though none has been possible in recent months due to the new in-season ban. Prior to that, the Barcelona native began 72 races at the highest level for Arrows, Jaguar and McLaren, with a best result of second place in the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix
to current world championship leader Jenson Button.
Reports suggest that a two-year deal has been penned and is to be publicly confirmed over the weekend of the European Grand Prix in Valencia late next month. Even though de la Rosa would become the oldest driver on the grand prix grid – due to turn 39 prior to the start of the 2010 campaign – it has been noted that the value of experience cannot be underestimated for a new team, especially in such an uncertain era with regard to the sport's regulations.
Campos – who began 17 grands prix himself for Minardi in the late 1980s – has always expressed a desire to plump for home-grown talent if possible, and whilst remaining coy on the de la Rosa speculation, has admitted that the identity of at least one of the two drivers for his eponymously-named outfit's debut season could be unveiled in Valencia.
The other cockpit, it has been surmised, looks likely to be disputed between reigning GP2 Series runner-up and F1 aspirant Bruno Senna – who narrowly missed out on the second Brawn GP
seat earlier this year to compatriot Rubens Barrichello, and has since plied his trade in sportscars with Oreca – and Mexican ace Sergio Pérez, who drove for Campos in the 2008/09 GP2 Asia series, triumphing along the way in Bahrain and Qatar, and brings backing from telecommunications giant Telmex. Such a line-up would then provide Campos with a balance of youth and experience.