Sport Former F1 driver and racing team owner Adrian Campos has died

11:50  28 january  2021
11:50  28 january  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Adrian Campos ist am Mittwoch im Alter von 60 Jahren verstorben © Campos Racing Adrian Campos died on Wednesday at the age of 60

Former Formula 1 driver Adrian Campos died unexpectedly on Wednesday at the age of 60. This was announced by the Campos Racing team he founded on Thursday morning. According to the racing team, Campos succumbed to a sudden cardiovascular disease.

"Today is the saddest day in the history of Campos Racing. Our president and founder Adrian Campos Suner has left us. His heart has stopped beating, but the memory of him will keep us going to carry on his legacy," shared the team With.

Born on June 17, 1960 in Valencia, Campos rose to Formula 1 at Minardi in 1987 after initial successes in his home country via German Formula 3 and Formula 3000. In total, Campos took part in 21 Grand Prix, but only crossed the finish line twice with the unreliable car, with a 14th place in 1987 in Estoril, Portugal, being his best result.

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Great successes and a bitter defeat as team boss

Campos was much more successful as team boss of his racing team founded in 1997, which served as a stepping stone for numerous talents towards Formula 1. Marc Gene and Fernando Alonso won the title in the Euro Open by Nissan with Campos in 1998 and 1999, from which the Formula Renault 3.5 later emerged.

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From 2005 Campos competed in GP2, where the team won the team championship in 2008 with Vitali Petrow, Lucas di Grassi and Ben Hanley. Campos then wanted to get into Formula 1 with his team and secured a place on the grid for the 2010 season. Due to financial problems, however, this project did not become a reality and Campos had to sell the place on the grid to the Hispania Racing Team (HRT).

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In recent years Campos has competed in a large number of racing series. In the GP2 or Formula 2, the GP3 / Formula 3 and the Euroformula Open, the Spaniard looked after the youngsters.

companions emphasize Campos' character

In Formula E, Campos Racing was the team of Nextev and later Mahindra from 2014 to 2018. Campos was also represented in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) for many years with vehicles from SEAT and Chevrolet.

The recognition Campos enjoyed in the motorsport world was evident from numerous reactions on social media. His former driver and later Formula E champion di Grassi wrote: "Motorsport lost a great one today. Rest in peace, my dear friend Adrian Campos. Thank you for everything."

Formula E Team Mahindra wrote: "We are heartbroken over the demise of Adrian Campos. Adrian was a kind, decent man who was highly respected in the industry and closely linked to motorsport. He was an integral part of the Growth and successes of Mahindra in Formula E. "

With the words "Adrian, rest in peace. You were so amiable, verbatim, combative, mischievous, wise", said goodbye to Jack Aitken, who had driven for Campos in Formula 2 in 2020. "You always knew exactly what to say to me because at heart you were still a driver. And you have created a family at Campos full of brilliant, talented people who will miss you very much. I will too."

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© Motorsport Images The Formula E team Mahindra is the first CO2-neutral motorsport racing team in the world Mahindra Racing is the first team in the Formula E - and the first in the Motorsport in general - has been certified as CO2-neutral. The Allcot Group's certificate confirms that Mahindra Racing has successfully offset all of its CO2 emissions since the beginning of the first Formula E season in 2014/15.

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