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Minardi Fact Box
Team Information
Based:  Faenza, Italy, and Ledbury, England 
Team principal:  Paul Stoddart 
Managing director:  Gian Carlo Minardi 
Technical director:  Gabriele Tredozi 
Drivers:  Justin Wilson (Britain) Age 24 (July 31 1978)
Jos Verstappen (Netherlands) 30 (March 4 1972) 
Test driver:  Matteo Bobbi (Italy), 24 
Car:  Minardi PS03, powered by Ford Cosworth V10 
Tires:  Bridgestone 
Starts:  287 (poles 0, wins 0) 
First GP entered
(as Minardi): 
Brazil 1985 
2002 finish:  Ninth overall with two points 
Milestones
1979  Team founded by Giancarlo Minardi. 
1985  Formula One debut with Italian Pierluigi Martini. 
1989  First points (fifth and sixth in Britain). 
1991  Ferrari engines take team to best season, finishing seventh with six points. 
1992  Powered by Lamborghini engines. 
1994  Team enters into alliance with Scuderia Italia. 
1996  Flavio Briatore and Gabriele Rumi, who owned the former Fondmetal team, acquire majority stake in team. 
1997  Briatore sells shares to Rumi and leaves company. 
1998  Austrian designer Gustav Brunner, who designed the car in 1993, returns to Minardi. 
1999  Cesare Fiorio arrives as team manager. 
2000  Team sold to Australian businessman Stoddart. 
Prospects
  • Another season of struggle for Formula One's smallest and least-funded team.
  • On the bright side, the new Cosworth engines will provide more power than the team have enjoyed for years and they also have their most-promising line-up in ages.
  • The downside is money, or lack of it, and the familiar question mark over the team's ability to last the season.
  • The drivers will do their best wuth Wilson hoping to emulate Australian Mark Webber and use the team as a springboard for better things while Verstappen is hungry for action after sitting out 2002.
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