In the build up to Diego Campos' home Grand Prix, Ingram have announced today they will run him in this year's Spanish and US GPs.
"Diego has been with the team since day one, and after discussions at the end of last season and the beginning of this one, we have decided to part company at the end of the season," announced team principal William Ingram. "As neither driver are battling for the championship [or points as one reporter pointed out] both have agreed to step down for one race to allow Diego his opportunity to showcase his talent to the rest of the grid. Nikolai will have this weekend off, while Jean will sit out the US Grand Prix."
"We have chosen these two GPs as Diego wished to race in his home race, and the US GP obviously is a special place for both of us. Diego has done a lot for this team and this is just a small way to repay his years of service."
Diego Campos was hired for the 2013 and scored 45 points for the team over the course of the first two seasons. Campos scored his, and the team's, first points in a very wet US Grand Prix. Twelve months later he won his and Ingram's first race in a shock win in 2014.
One insider criticised the move, saying it devalued the competition to have Campos run. It is thought there is much mutual admiration and friendship between Ingram and Campos, and this move has been supported by long standing team members who admire the passionate Spaniard.
The general consensus amongst the journalists was that move was touchingly sentimental, but questioned whether Ingram would have made the move if they had a car that could even challenge for points.