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GP Week : Issue 70
TOM Wheatcroft, the man responsible for the reinvigoration of the Donington Park racetrack, has died at the age of 87 after a long illness. Wheatcroft saved the track after it had been taken over by Britain's Ministry of Defence during the Second World War, and brought racing back to the venue in 1977. He achieved a life-long ambition when in 1993 the circuit hosted the European Grand Prix, a race that has gone down in legend as one of Ayrton Senna's greatest race wins. Wheatcroft himself was not involved in the recent British Grand Prix debacle, in which Simon Gillett's DVLL failed to make the deadline for assurances to Bernie Ecclestone that the finances were in place to ensure the running of the race at the Donington circuit next season. He passed away peacefully at home on Saturday morning and will be much missed by the motor racing community for which he did so much. Vale: Tom Wheatcroft Bruno Senna has signed to race in Formula 1 in 2010 with the new Campos Meta1 team, making the 2007 GP2 runner- up the first driver to officially sign for one of the new teams. The Brazilian announced he had completed a deal to race in F1 via his twitter feed, with confirmation that his destination was Campos seeping out over the race weekend in Abu Dhabi. "For Campos Meta it is an extraordinary honour to be returning the name of Senna to Formula One," Enrique Rodriguez de Castro, Campos Meta CEO said. "The deal with Senna confirms and re- enforces our prime objective of being not only the first Spanish Formula One team, but rather the first Iberian-American F1 team." The mention of an Iberian- American team in de Castro's comments added fuel to the fire surrounding rumours that Campos may be about to confirm that it has signed Nelson Piquet to race alongside Senna, creating an all-Brazilian line- up. Lucas di Grassi's name has also been mentioned as a potential Campos driver, with the Brazilian having raced for Adrian Campos in GP2. His most likely destination however remains Manor/Virgin. Senna to F1 with Campos F1 NEWS >> 7