Despite having inked one of the earlier deals of the Formula One 'silly season', Bruno Senna could still find himself on the outside looking in when the real business of racing gets under way in Bahrain next month.
The Brazilian appeared to have finally made the breakthrough into the top flight when, having apparently come close with Brawn GP last season, he signed with F1 newcomer Campos Meta well before Christmas 2009. However, with the recent upheaval at the Spanish outfit – which saw eponymous co-owner Adrian Campos bought out by partner Jose Ramon Carabante in a bid to get the squad to Bahrain next month – Senna's position appears less secure.
The nephew of three-time world champion Ayrton insists that he is not paying for his ride, a claim originally backed up by the team, but that may now come back to haunt the Brazilian, with better-funded rivals lining up to 'help out' the Campos Meta operation as it struggles to make the opening round.
Interim team boss Colin Kolles has only confirmed that the final line-up would be revealed 'very soon' and gave no clue as to Senna's position, despite the Brazilian having apparently been told the he will not
be required to find backers to secure his seat.
“We will make an announcement on drivers very soon,” Kolles told the BBC
, “We are working flat out and will be in Bahrain. I know how to run a team that was struggling and we will be in Bahrain. It will be hard work, but we'll complete the season and be in F1 long-term.”
India's Karun Chandhok appears to have moved into pole position for one of the Campos Meta seats, with Jose Maria Lopez also in the frame after apparently defecting from the ailing USF1 project complete with his £8m backing.
Despite that, however, Senna's team is adamant that the 26-year old will make his F1 debut in Sakhir.
"There's no reason to think Bruno won't
be part of it,” manager Chris Goodwin insisted, “It's clear as far as we're concerned. He signed a contract in October and he'll be in the car this season."
Chandhok and Senna were team-mates in GP2 in 2008, while Lopez has been out of single-seater racing since also contesting the F1 feeder series in 2005-06.