Former Formula 1 racer and team owner Adrian Campos Suner, who started in 17 Grands Prix during his F1 career, has died today aged 60, his team has announced.
His team commented the sad news on social media: “Today is the saddest day in the history of Campos Racing. Our President and founder, Adrián Campos Suñer, has left us.
“His heart stopped beating, but his memory will be the engine that will keep us all fighting to continue his legacy. Rest in Peace.”
Hoy es el día más triste en la historia de Campos Racing. Nuestro Presidente y fundador, Adrián Campos Suñer, nos ha dejado. Su corazón dejó de latir, pero su memoria será el motor que nos mantendrá a todos luchando por seguir su legado... Descanse en Paz. pic.twitter.com/W7tPSL8WHN— Campos Racing (@CamposRacing) January 28, 2021
Campos participated in 21 Grands Prix of which he started in 17 races. His first race was the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix in which he raced for Minardi. Next year saw him continue his participation in Formula One, but he abandoned his tenure at the pinnacle of motorsport just after five races in 1988. He failed to score any points in this two-year spell in Formula One.
The Spanish driver, who was born in Valencia, also participated in the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving a Ferrari 333 SP in the LMP category alongside Charlie Nearburg and Michel Ferte.
Following his career as a racing driver, he moved into team management, with more success. Campos founded the Adrian Campos Motorsport, which was later renamed Campos Racing, in 1998. Fernando Alonso, Marc Gene, Vitaly Petrov, Lucas di Grassi and Jack Aitken were all part of the Campos Racing team in the early stages of their career.
He was the founder of the Campos Meta Formula One team (later known as HRT), which competed in Formula One from 2010 to 2012.
On his social media account, Fernando Alonso said: “One of the saddest days for the motorsport family. Thank you for believing in young people. Rest in peace.”