Bernie Ecclestone's fears that one - and maybe more - of the new teams due to enter Formula One this season could fall by the wayside continue to be borne out by rumours of uncertainty at Campos Meta.
Despite previous insistence that all was well with the Spanish outfit, which appeared the most advanced in terms of having a car ready for testing thanks to its links with Dallara, German website motorsport-total.com
quotes a source close to the squad who fears that it may never hit the track.
"It is not a secret that we do not have the budget - and time is scarce," the insider confirmed, revealing that Adrian Campos' eponymous effort was talking with several potential buyers or investors after struggling to find the money it believes will be necessary to compete in 2010, "If we can find a good investor, we could sell part of the team to them. If necessary, we could sell the whole team, but the basic conditions would have to be right."
The report claimed that an agreement could be reached as early as next week, with A1GP boss Tony Teixeira among those being linked to possible investment. The South African, whose current series is withering before him, has previously been linked to tailenders Super Aguri, Spyker and Honda, and had made no secret of his interest in having an F1 involvement.
reports that Campos needs an immediate injection of cash to avoid further delays in the build programme of its car. Quoting sources close to Dallara, the report claims that the Italian constructor has slowed the development of the car to the point where Campos will almost certainly miss February's Valencia group test.
The uncertainty at Campos comes after reports linked the team with Nelson Piquet Jr
after reports that the Brazilian's family had both bought into the team and brought enough sponsorship to secure the seat alongside fellow countryman - and F1 debutant - Bruno Senna, who was the first driver confirmed at one of the four newcomer teams [see story here
Pedro de la Rosa, Vitaly Petrov and Pastor Maldonado
have all been linked to the drive, but Piquet was believed to have moved into pole position through a proposed deal which would see his father – three-time F1 title winner Nelson Sr – take a 15 per cent stake in the team. However, while confirming that discussions had taken place with Piquet, Campos general manger Daniele Audetto revealed that such a deal was unlikely to occur with the proposed investment being lower than could be sourced from elsewhere [see story here