The future of the nascent Campos Meta Formula One team due to enter the top flight this season continues to be the subject of speculation, with A1GP series boss Tony Teixeira still being linked to a potential buy-in that would ensure that it makes the grid in Bahrain.
The team has already admitted that it is still likely to be testing its first F1 car when the campaign kicks off in Sakhir, with the build programme at Dallara having progressed amid rumours of missed payments [see story here
], and eponymous owner Adrian Campos recently conceded that an investor was being sought in order to bolster finances to the level required for 2010 [see story here
While several potential newcomers have been linked to the Spanish outfit, including former Renault
F1 boss Flavio Briatore, it is Teixeira who has demonstrated the greatest longevity. The South African has overseen the troubled A1GP almost since its inception and, with the World Cup of Motorsport struggling to make it to the grid in 2010, his openly-stated F1 ambitions are continually seeing him being connected with a role at Campos - a team that, in its previous guise as an F3/GP2 entrant, once ran Team Mexico's A1GP entry.
Spanish broadcaster Cadena SER
insists that a deal will be concluded imminently - while Germany's Auto Motor und Sport
claims that Teixeira's involvement could see reigning A1GP champion driver Adam Carroll installed alongside the already-signed Bruno Senna. Teixeira, meanwhile, admits that he is not the only one talking to Campos, but confirms that he is pressing ahead in search of a deal despite opposition from F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who is reported to want all of A1GP's debts cleared before sanctioning any involvement from the South African.
"There's more than one group talking to Campos and, for us, it has got to be part of an A1 deal," Teixeira told Reuters
, outlining plans for his struggling series to become a recognised feeder to the top flight, "It's all for A1. My ambition is to bring A1 into F1."
Teixeira also denied the reports that Campos will miss all four group tests of the pre-season, insisting that it may be forced to skip one or two, but should hit the track before having to head to Bahrain.
"I am aware of that report, but that's not what the team principal tells me," he claimed, "They may make the second test, but definitely the third and they will make the race. However, the second test is the target."
While Teixeira is understood to favour Carroll - who was also linked to the Manor/Virgin team for 2010 before being overlooked in favour of Timo Glock
and Lucas di Grassi
- the Irishman may face opposition from Spaniard Andy Soucek, who is keen to graduate to F1 on the back of F2 title success and a promising test with Williams
that resulted from it.
Spain's Diario Sport
, whilst reporting Teixeira's investment to be in the region of €20m, also believes that Soucek may have sourced enough sponsorship to make him a viable candidate to partner Senna.
"Negotiations with Campos are on standby," the Spaniard commented, "but I am hoping for Adrian's call this week."
Ecclestone, meanwhile, is believed to be eyeing the relatively unknown Stefan F1 as the preferred replacement should Campos Meta drop out ahead of the season. Founder Zoran Stefanovic insists that his squad will be ready to race, having acquired the defunct Toyota
team's 2010 design.