New teams shun Ecclestone doubts
22 December 2009 – 2010 debutants Campos Meta and US F1 have rejected doubts from Formula 1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone that they will not make the grid next season. With the two teams making up half of the new outfits in the sport, Englishman Ecclestone holds serious suspicions over their futures.
Having explained to The Times that he expects both US F1 and Campos not to be in Bahrain for when the new season kicks off in March, Ecclestone believes that the grid will be made up of 22 cars as opposed to the expected 26.
"I'm surprised Bernie said that," US F1 Sporting Director Peter Windsor told BBC Sport. "We will be there, we're in good shape." Thus far, the Charlotte-based outfit is the only team not to sign at least one driver ahead of its premier season in the sport.
"Everything is going well and we are looking forward to the year," Windsor added. "We've just finished the chassis and are now in the hands of Cosworth (engine dealer). "There will be a moment when we announce the drivers at the factory and that will be sometime towards late January."
"My opinion is that Bernie does not have all the information," Campos Team Principal Adrián Campos commented, having already signed up Bruno Senna, nephew of late 3-time World Champion Ayrton. "We are working very hard; we are now very close to a title sponsor and a second driver. We will be there - otherwise we lose everything."