Following the passing of founder Adrian Campos, his son has stated that the future of Campos Racing is “assured”.
Campos raced in Formula 1 for one season, driving for Minardi, but was best known as a team owner after he founded his own team in 1998.
Under his leadership, the outfit has enjoyed huge success in the feeder categories since then, winning the GP2 title as well as races in GP3 and Formula 2.
Heading into the 2021 F2 campaign, Adrian Campos Jr says that, thanks to his father’s work, there are no concerns about the future of the team.
“For several years, Adrian Campos had also taken steps to properly prepare a generational change which should take the helm in the near future, always supported by key people with my father’s entire confidence,” he said in a statement.
“Despite his passing hitting Campos Racing hard, we have an organisational structure that is well-established and clear-cut.
“Besides, international investors were invited to join the shareholding structure, not only to bolster capital and avoid dependency on him, in a laudable effort to professionalize and secure a competitive Management Board. My father left the Management Board last year after he turned 60.
“The future of Campos Racing is thus already assured. As with Mr. Luis Suner, who was his grandfather and mentor, Adrian Campos was able to inspire an outstanding group effort with everybody being cohesive and implicated together and our personnel has always felt the company like their own.
“Adrian knew well how to identify the human qualities in every team member in order to get the best out of them. Campos Racing will continue working smoothly and its team members getting on well.
“We will move forward more motivated, united and excited than ever. We will remain true to his philosophy of giving young drivers, with or without recourse, the opportunity and support to compete with us.”
Adrián Campos ❤️🙏 pic.twitter.com/Ghwa74LM2a
— Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) January 28, 2021
In his time in motorsport, Campos took a number of F1 drivers under his wing in their early days, including Fernando Alonso, Marc Gene, Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi.
The Spaniard was one of many people in motorsport to pay tribute to him following the announcement of his passing, tweeting:
“[It’s] one of the saddest days for the motorsports family.
“[He was a] driver and great promoter of this sport. Thank you for dreaming about Formula 1. Thank you for believing in young people.”