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The return of a pay-driver era?

Money talks, rookies eye new F1 seats

09/10/09 18:42

Three new teams bring driver options for 2010
Bruno Senna may now have signed a deal to make his Formula One debut with the new Spanish team Campos in 2010, according to Auto Motor und Sport. The Brazilian is said to bring substantial personal sponsorship – rumoured at more than €10m - as the arrival of up to four new teams next year signals the return of a pay-driver era. Favourite to be his team-mate is Pedro de la Rosa.

Also eyed by the new teams Campos, Manor and Lotus is Vitaly Petrov who finished the 2009 GP2 championship in second place while promising a hefty €15m to a Formula One employer for next season.

The Brazilians Lucas di Grassi (€7m) and Nelson Piquet (€5m) can also offer sponsorship to a 2010 team, as can the respectively Mexican and Venezuelan Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado.

The new Malaysian-owned Lotus team, meanwhile, is said to be eying Fairuz Fauzy as a team-mate for the highly experienced Toyota refugee Jarno Trulli.

At the top of Manor/Virgin's driver shortlist is the Irish reigning A1GP champion Adam Carroll, who according to Auto Motor und Sport also has sponsorship money in tow. But the 26-year-old is reportedly hesitating, amid uncertainty about which of F1's new teams will actually make it to the Bahrain season opener next March.

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