Team owner and former F1 driver Adrian Campos dies at 60

28 January 2021 - 14:41 By Reuters
Adrian Campos of Spain in action in his Minardi MM during the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix at the Rio circuit in Brazil.
Adrian Campos of Spain in action in his Minardi MM during the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix at the Rio circuit in Brazil.
Image: Simon Bruty/Allsport

Spanish motor racing team boss and former Minardi Formula One driver Adrian Campos, who helped compatriot and double world champion Fernando Alonso reach the top, has died aged 60.

Campos Racing, who have teams in the Formula Two and Three support series, said in a statement on Thursday that their founder had passed away from “sudden coronary disease”.

“His heart stopped beating, but his memory will be the engine that will keep us all fighting to continue his legacy,” they added on Twitter.

Campos started 17 grands prix in 1987-88 without scoring a point.

He then focused on running teams in the junior series, working with future F1 drivers Marc Gene and Alonso early in their careers.

Britain's Jack Aitken, the Williams reserve who made his grand prix debut in Bahrain as a stand-in last year, raced for the Campos F2 team in 2020.

In 2009 Campos had a bid to enter a Campos Meta team in Formula One accepted but financial problems saw it change ownership and compete as Hispania, later HRT F1. The team folded at the end of 2012. 


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