Northern IrelandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Adam Carroll is rumoured to be a firm favourite to land a driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seat for the Campos Meta team for the forthcoming season. Should the 27-year-old seal the role he would join Bruno Senna who has already signed up to the team.
The possibility of Carroll making the much anticipated plunge into the F1 World is dependent on a successful bid from A1 GP Series boss Tony Teixeira. He hopes to takeover the impoverished Campos team.
Should he prove successful in his purchase of Campos then Teixeira is believed to want to recruit Carroll as partner to Senna who is the nephew of the last Ayrton Senna. However no official approach has been made yet.
CarrollÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manager, Neil Lynas, expressed his surprise at the speculation. “IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m shocked and surprised by this,” he said. “ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s news to us. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had no direct contact with the team.”
The Belfast Telegraph has reported that Carroll is set to fly to Spain to strike up a deal. Campos are the first Spanish Formula 1 team and embark upon an historic season along with three new teams: Lotus, US F1 and Virgin.
Carroll is recognised as a competent race driver. He established himself in the DTM, GP2 and A1GP fields of motorsport. The pinnacle of his career thus far came last season.
Racing for the A1GP Team Ireland, he sealed the championship after a final round showdown with Great Britain for the title. Team Ireland secured victory with 112 points, all of which were captured by Carroll.
The driver hailing from Portadown has fought to survive in the sport, through a mere struggle to unearth resources opposed to the lack of raw talent.
He was unable to make the breakthrough at the Honda driving programme with Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello proving insurmountable obstacles to his F1 dream.
The Irishman is believed to have been approached by two of the new teams joining the Formula One circuit for 2010 but failed to sign a deal with either.
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