Happy birthday, Adrian Campos!

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Former F1 driver Adrian Campos is 58 today.

He might not be that well known outside his native Spain and in motor racing circles. He didn't have that distinguished a career behind the wheel and he holds the unfortunate record of being Spain's least successful F1 driver.

Campos took part in 21 races for Minardi beginning in 1987, but sadly only finished twice - he was 14th in Spain, and 16th in San Marino. He was also disqualified from the 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix, didn't even start the Monaco race later the same year, and then suffered three DNQs in 1988 in Monaco (pictured above), Mexico and Canada before deciding to retire from F1.

His son Adrian Jr. subsequently picked up his driving legacy with campaigns in the European F3 Open Championship and Indy Lights in the US. Meanwhile Campos hismelf went on to more than make his name in team management. He founded Adrian Campos Motorsport in 1998, and one of his early driver talent discoveries was a certain Fernando Alonso - whatever happened to him?

The team was later part of the original GP2 Series line-up, and went on to clinch the 2009 title with four race wins from drivers Lucas di Grassi and Vitaly Petrov.

After that, Campos was part of a bid to set up a new Spanish Formula 1 team. He was executive vice-president of Hispania Racing Team (HRT), which participated in 56 races between 2010 and 2012. However the team ended up folding, and Campos himself returned to GP2 management - now renamed Formula 2.

It's not been a vintage season for Campos Vexatec Racing which is currently bottom of the team standings despite fielding the talented Luco Ghiotto and Roy Nissany. The team's best result was Ghiotto's fourth place in the Barcelona feature race.

Adrian Campos (ESP) 08.04.2018. FIA Formula 2 Championship, Rd 1, Sakhir,

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