Adrian Campos, the former F1 driver and team boss, dies aged 60

Former Formula One driver and team boss Adrian Campos, who helped compatriot Fernando Alonso become a two-time world champion, has died aged 60.

Campos Racing, who have teams in the Formula Two and Three support series, said in a statement on Thursday that their founder had passed away from "sudden coronary disease".

"His heart stopped beating, but his memory will be the engine that will keep us all fighting to continue his legacy," they added on Twitter.

Spaniard Campos started 17 grands prix for Minardi in 1987-88 without scoring a point.

He then focused on running teams in the junior series, working with future F1 drivers Marc Gene and Alonso early in their careers.

Indeed, Alonso came through the junior ranks under Campos' stewardship and later became a household name in F1, winning back-to-back F1 world titles with Renault in 2005-06.

Britain's Jack Aitken, the Williams reserve who made his grand prix debut in Bahrain as a stand-in last year, raced for the Campos F2 team in 2020.

In 2009 Campos had a bid to enter a Campos Meta team in Formula One accepted but financial problems saw it change ownership and compete as Hispania, later HRT F1. The team folded at the end of 2012.

Following the tragic news, tributes began to pour in for the motorsport icon.

 

A spokesperson for F1 said: "We are very sad to learn of the passing of Adrian Campos

"As a driver and then founder and president of Campos Racing, Adrian leaves an incredible legacy in motorsport

"We send our condolences to his family and friends, and all at Campos Racing."

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