Mo Nunn’s little team – just 12 staff and a total 1981 budget a tenth that of Williams – had a new driver, the well-financed Colombian Roberto Guerrero. The new Cafe de Colombia money would help the team out, and with a new car being readied for the second round, would hope to improve on their 1981 haul of 5 points as Guerrero, as well as being well-funded, had also done well in Formula Two and was widely tipped as a star in the making.
Guerrero got his start in kart racing as a young man and moved to the UK 1977 to attend the Jim Russell Racing School, winning five times and coming second once in the school’s six races. He moved up to Formula Ford 1600, then Formula Three and rapidly into European Formula Two. He won a race and finished fourth twice in his first season in European F2 with Maurer Motorsport, before making the step up to Formula One with Ensign for 1982 thanks to his personal Cafe de Colombia sponsorship.