Campos Meta F1 has confirmed that it has signed Brazilian driver Bruno Senna for its first season of F1 in 2010.
The nephew of the late Ayrton Senna makes the move into F1 having seen his hopes of joining the grid this year come to an end following Honda's decision to quit the sport at the end of 2008.
The former GP2 race winner had tested with the team following the conclusion of the 2008 campaign and was tipped to take a seat alongside Jenson Button before the team's sale to Ross Brawn saw Rubens Barrichello retained in the second seat.
Senna becomes the first driver to officially sign with one of the four new F1 teams, having revealed earlier this month that the Spanish team represented his best option of joining the grid.
“I'm absolutely delighted to fulfil a lifetime dream,” the 26-year-old said. “Now it is time to set new targets.”
The identity of Senna's team-mate has yet to be revealed, with McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa being tipped to bring experience to the debutants.
While there was no comment on who will partner Senna, team CEO Enrique Rodriguez de Castro said he was thrilled that one of the most famous names in the sport would be returning to the grid with Campos in 2010.
“For Campos Meta it is an extraordinary honour to be returning the name of Senna to Formula One,” he said. “The deal with Senna confirms and re-enforces our prime objective of being not only the first Spanish Formula One team, but rather the first Iberian-American F1 team.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome Bruno Senna to the team. We have followed him closely since his early days in minor series and test and witnessed how quickly he developed his speed and skills in GP2.
“It is astonishing how fast he entered the F1 scenario after just a few years in motor racing.”