Campos still trying to close de la Rosa deal

The new Spanish team's boss Adrian Campos is now openly courting countryman Pedro de la Rosa to front the inaugural driver lineup in 2010. He told Spanish radio Onda Cero that he wanted to announce the driver lineup at Valencia last weekend but...

The new Spanish team's boss Adrian Campos is now openly courting countryman Pedro de la Rosa to front the inaugural driver lineup in 2010.

He told Spanish radio Onda Cero that he wanted to announce the driver lineup at Valencia last weekend but could not reach an agreement with de la Rosa - McLaren's long serving primary test and reserve driver - in time.

But Campos insists that he is doing "everything possible" to sign de la Rosa, who at 38 would take over from Rubens Barrichello as F1's oldest active race driver.

He said of de la Rosa: "He would contribute a lot to a Formula One team because of his experience."

Campos has said that, with an experienced driver heading the lineup, a young driver with potential could then be signed as his teammate, but he would not necessarily also have to be Spanish.

On the Onda Cero programme, he mentioned Vitaly Petrov, Bruno Senna and Sergio Perez as three youngsters who "deserve an opportunity".

Campos said his Valencia-based team will be powered by Cosworth engines for at least one season.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Pedro de la Rosa , Rubens Barrichello , Bruno Senna , Adrian Campos , Vitaly Petrov , Sergio Perez
Teams McLaren