Kid Jensen Racing - already forced to join forces with Monaco Motorsport in this year's FIA F3000 Championship - will not be present at the third round in Barcelona this weekend.

According to sources, an on-going problem relating to the ownership of the team has prevented preparations being made for the Spanish race, while plans to replace Gianluca Calcagni in the second car are also thought to have caused friction with the governing body.

The Italian was himself a replacement for Frenchman Yann Goudy at Imola, and was thought to have been onboard for the rest of the season alongside Justin Keen. Other reports suggest that it was the Briton whom the team was trying to substitute, despite a promising run to twelfth place at the San Marino GP support.

Keen was not present at last week's official test at Monza, but insisted that this was always going to be the case owing to prior commitments elsewhere. Rising French star Yannick Schroeder stepped in for the team at the test, and is rumoured to be the man in pole position to replace either existing driver in future. Ironically, the Italian outing would have been Keen's first test since stepping into the car at the last minute for the Brazilian season opener.

There may be no future for KJR/Monaco, however, should the team not be able to overcome its problems. With the majority of rounds falling fortnightly from now on, and an expanded calendar to be fulfilled, the team's shortage of finance, combined with internal strife, could see it permanently absent from this point on.