Adrián Campos

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Adrian Campos
Born (1960-06-17) 17 June 1960 (age 54)
Alcira, Valencia, Spain
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Spain Spanish
Active years 1987 - 1988
Teams Minardi
Races 21 (17 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 1988 Canadian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1997
Teams Pilot Racing
Best finish DNF
Class wins 0
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Campos and the second or maternal family name is Suñer.

Adrián Campos Suñer (born in Alcira, Valencia, 17 June 1960) is a retired Formula One driver from Spain. He participated in 21 Grands Prix, debuting on 12 April 1987, without scoring a championship point. He later moved into team management, with more success. He was the founder of the Campos Meta Formula One team (later known as HRT), which competed in Formula One from 2010 to 2012.

Racing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Campos' first success was in radio-controlled car racing, winning the Spanish Championship in 1980. He switched to car racing a year later, and competed in Formula Three from 1983 to 1985, finishing 3rd in the 1985 German Championship. He raced in Formula 3000 in 1986, with modest success.

Formula One[edit]

Having done some testing for Tyrrell in 1986, Campos raced in the 1987 and 1988 F1 seasons for the Minardi team, alongside first Alessandro Nannini and then compatriot Luis Pérez-Sala. He only completed two of the 21 races he entered, although more of these were due to mechanical failures than driving errors. However, these retirements caused him to lose his motivation and in 1988, he was replaced by Pierluigi Martini after failing to qualify in three consecutive races.[1]

After Formula One[edit]

Campos competed in Spanish Touring Cars, winning the championship in 1994. 1997 would be the last year Campos would spend as a professional driver. After some races in sports prototypes such as the Ferrari 333SP, he would go on to form his own team as an owner.

Team management 2010 - (present)[edit]

Main article: Campos Racing

After F1, Campos has been successfully involved in team management. He founded Adrian Campos Motorsport (later renamed Campos Racing) in 1998, with Marc Gene winning the Open Fortuna by Nissan championship in its first year before immediately reaching Formula One. He also ran Fernando Alonso in his early years.

The team entered the GP2 series when it was launched for 2005. Two fifth places were the best results that year. The team opened 2006 with a podium at Valencia for Adrian Valles, but neither he nor fellow Spaniard Félix Porteiro scored another podium all year (Portiero was second on the road at Silverstone, but a steering rack irregularity caused him to be disqualified).

The signing of veteran Giorgio Pantano for 2007 lead the team forward, Pantano scoring two victories and 3rd overall, with team-mate Vitaly Petrov also winning at the season finale at Valencia. For 2008 Petrov remained, with Ben Hanley replaced in the second car by Lucas di Grassi after three rounds. Di Grassi immediately recaptured his 2007 form, with three second places in his first four starts, and subsequent wins at the Hungaroring and the new Valencia Street Circuit - which represented a double for the team, as Petrov won race one, having scored just one other podium all year. The Campos team won the 2008 Teams' Championship. In October 2008, Campos announced that he plans to step down from running the GP2 team and to sell his stake in it, but will still remain involved in F3 and a new project that is unspecified.[2] The GP2 team was taken over by Alejandro Agag and renamed Barwa Addax.[3]

Formula One[edit]

Campos had been linked to a move into Formula One, and he considered buying the assets of the defunct Super Aguri team.[4] In May 2009, Campos Grand Prix lodged an entry for the 2010 Formula One season,[5] which was one of four new ones to be accepted.[6] The entry was successful along with Lotus F1, Manor GP & US F1. The team, which was soon renamed to Campos Meta, confirmed on 30 October 2009 that Bruno Senna, who is Ayrton Senna's nephew, would be one of their drivers on the grid in 2010.

In February 2010, with the Campos team struggling financially, a rescue deal was completed whereby shareholder José Ramón Carabante took over full control of the team. As part of the restructuring, Campos was replaced as team principal by Colin Kolles.[7] The team was renamed Hispania Racing (or HRT F1), with Campos taking the role of executive vice-president.

Personal life[edit]

His maternal grandfather Luis Suñer was a noted industrialist in Spain.[8] His father founded the Avidesa frozen food company. He has a son whose name is also Adrián Campos.[9]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1987 Minardi Team Minardi M187 MM V6 (t/c) BRA
DSQ
SMR
Ret
BEL
Ret
MON
DNS
DET
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
AUT
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
Ret
ESP
14
MEX
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0
1988 Lois Minardi Team Minardi M188 Cosworth V8 BRA
Ret
SMR
16
MON
DNQ
MEX
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
DET
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
ESP
JPN
AUS
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Campos: we're aiming to finish inside the top ten
  2. ^ "Campos steps down from GP2 team". autosport.com. 2008-10-13. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Renamed Addax team sign Grosjean". autosport.com. 2009-02-26. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-26. 
  4. ^ "F1 : Adrian Campos interested in buying Super Aguri Formula 1 assets". F1sa.com. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  5. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2009-05-22). "Campos's team lodges F1 entry". autosport.com. Haymarket. Archived from the original on 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  6. ^ Noble, Jonathan (2009-06-12). "FIA announces 2010 F1 entry list". autosport.com. Haymarket. Archived from the original on 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (2010-02-19). "Carabante takes over Campos team". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Adrian Campos Suner". Grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 26 January 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  9. ^ Official website of Adrián Campos Jr.

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