The Campos Meta 1 name is to disappear from later this week when the team’s new owner Jose Ramon Carabante confirms that the team is to become known as the Hispania Racing F1 Team. Carabante owns a property company called Grupo Hispania, which is derived from the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsular. The company has interests in Spain, various European countries, plus Brazil, Mexico and the United States. The cars will presumably be called Hispanias, which will underline the Spanish nature of the team – which may be important in the future when it comes to raising money.
There is talk that new team principal Colin Kolles will be drafting in Belgian Jacky Eeckelaert to run operations. He is currently employed by Kolles in sports car racing but has long had ambitions to play a bigger role in F1. He is a former Peugeot engineer who went on to work for Prost Grand Prix, Sauber and Honda. Eeckelaert was due to commentate at some F1 races this year with Belgian television.
The team is expected to unveil its livery and second driver later this week with the word being that Bruno Senna will be joined by India’s Karun Chandhok.