Former F1 Driver and Fernando Alonso’s Mentor Adrián Campos Dies, 60

Former F1 Driver and Fernando Alonso's Mentor Adrián Campos Dies, 60

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Former F1 Driver and Fernando Alonso’s Mentor Adrián Campos Dies, 60.

THE racing world is in mourning after learning about the death of Spaniard Adrián Campos, who sadly passed away at the age of 60 in the early hours of Thursday, January 28. The details of his death have yet to be announced.

Campos raced in Formula 1 between 1987 and 1988, participating in 17 races. He qualified twice (14th at the Grand Prix of Spain in 1987 and 16th at the San Marino in 1988), but failed to score any points.

After his retirement as a driver, he founded the Adrián Campos Motorsport team, of which he was director and which later acquired the names Campos Racing and Campos Grand Prix. Among others, Fernando Alonso – double F1 world champion with Renault – and Marc Gené drove there.

Campos Racing, the team he formed, posted an emotional statement on their Twitter account: “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.”

Two-time world rally champion and three times Dakar champion, Carlos Sainz, paid tribute on Twitter after hearing the tragic news: “We are very sorry for the death of Adrián Campos, driver, manager, enthusiastic entrepreneur of Spanish motorsport. Our memories and all our encouragement for the whole family. Life reminds us that our way around here is unknown and can be capricious. DEP ADRIAN.”

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