F1 rumor mill in full swing

The new F1 team Campos Meta will bring a new Dallara F1 car to the grid in 2010. FIA inspectors have visited the headquarters of the Dallara to verify the validity of the project. The first test is scheduled for January 10th. Word is that Adrian Campos will be in Singapore this weekend to attend a FOTA meeting. As for their drivers some insist Vitaly Petrov and Giorgio Pantano, or Pedro de la Rosa.

All is not so clear with USF1 and Manor. The American team based in Charlotte has not yet found its base in Europe, has not yet shown a real product. They say that they can use a car from another manufacturer, perhaps Lola, who was among those who had launched its own entry then were rejected by the FIA. We hear the owners Peter Windsor and Ken Anderson have started negotiations with Toyota to get the Japanese engines instead of the Cosworth. Why? When in doubt, follow the money…..We now hear that Kazuki Nakajima could be one of their drivers fully funded by Toyota.

As for Manor, the John Booth team will have the support of Richard Branson of Virgin, who will leave Brawn. Nick Wirth (former Simtek) is working on the design of the car. Wirth's work, as revealed by Autosprint, is CFD, with the computer simulation replacing the wind tunnel. We hear that British F3 driver Max Chilton could be one of the drivers despite little experience, and Adam Carroll. We will update our F1 Silly Season page with this info a bit later.

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