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Spanish team aims to replace Alonso by making F1 step-up

Spanish team aims to replace Alonso by making F1 step-up

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Spanish team aims to replace Alonso by making F1 step-up

Spanish team aims to replace Alonso by making F1 step-up

Formula 1 junior series regulars Campos Racing are looking to step up to the top flight of motorsport from 2021, in a bid to revive Spain's interest in the sport following Fernando Alonso's departure.

Backed financially by Monaco Increase Management (MIM), a potential new entry has been laid out for F1 following several meetings with Liberty Media.

Former Manor and Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein has been outlined as a potential driver alongside former F3 and F2 driver Alex Palou – both are currently managed by MIM.

Wehrlein was a long-time member of Mercedes' junior programme but left at the start of this year, having seen chances in F1 dry up. He joined Mahindra in Formula E last season, scoring a podium in Chile, and has worked in Ferrari's simulator this year.

An MIM statement read: "From the first meeting with Chase Carey… it was clear that a Spanish team would fill the void left by the retirement of Fernando Alonso, and increase the interest of the Spanish fans."

Wehrlein could return to F1 with the team

Former McLaren designer Peter McCool and Ex-Mercedes chief aerodynamicist Ben Wood have been identified as technical personnel, and have already begun exploring the potential of a new entry in 2021, when F1's much-vaunted new regulations will come into force.

Campos CEO Salvatore Gandolfo said: "We are aware of the big challenges ahead of us, but we have a team of experts working day and night and the financial solidity required by the FIA to make this a project a success."

Campos will remain a part of both Formula 2 and Formula 3 if admitted to the F1 grid.

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