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Minardi

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Minardi

Automobile racing team and constructor founded in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi add

Category: Auto racing

Founded in 1979.

Countries: Italy (26%), (14%), United Kingdom (11%)

Main connections: Formula One, Paul Stoddart, Red Bull Racing

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, Cosworth, Scuderia Ferrari, Scuderia Toro Rosso

 

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1979

"'Minardi"' was an automobile racing team and constructor founded in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi add something


1980

Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems - Before that, Coloni, who was called "the wolf" , had taken part in two Formula Two races, one in 1980 with the San Remo team and another one in 1982 with the Minardi team


1981

The team's most notable result was a 1981 win at the Misano round by Michele Alboreto add something


1984

During 1984, Minardi took the decision to enter Formula One the following year add something

 

Minardi left the lower division at the end of 1984, although in 1986 a modified version of their final Formula Two car, the 283, was entered without success in two rounds of the Formula 3000 championship which had replaced Formula Two in 1985 add something

 

Carlo Chiti - In 1984, Chiti left the project to set up another company, Motori Moderni which concentrated on producing engines, again for Formula One. Initially the company produced a $V6 (V6_engine) turbo design, used briefly by the small Italian Minardi team


1985

He drove for them on their debut in 1985, scored their first point in the 1988 United States Grand Prix, although he had been running 5th for quite a long time during the race until being passed by Tyrrell's Jonathan Palmer, took their only front-row start at 1990 USA Grand Prix , their only lap leading a race in the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, where he finished 5th, and scored their joint-best F1 result of 4th add something

 

It competed in the Formula One World Championship from 1985 until 2005 with little success, nevertheless acquiring a loyal following of fans add something

 

The engine was not ready for the start of the 1985 season, so the team converted their M185 chassis to accept a Cosworth DFV engine for the first two races add something

 

Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems - Chiti's Motori Moderni company at Novara had supplied $V6 (V6_engine) turbo engines for the Minardi team from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988 Chiti had penned a normally aspirated V12 engine that attracted Subaru


1986

Nonetheless, the team expanded to two cars for the 1986 season add something


1988

There was little success initially competing with Motori Moderni until 1988 and Cosworth engines, when Nigel Cowperthwaite joined the team, brought in by team manager Jaime Manca Graziadei add something

 

Aldo Costa - Costa started his F1 career as the chief designer for Minardi in 1988 and became the technical director in 1989 after Giacomo Caliri, ex-technical director of the team, left


1989

The team picked up in competitiveness and by 1989 had become top entrant for Pirelli's return to Formula One. The team were moderately successful in the midfield through the late 1980s and early 1990s, giving a succession of Italian drivers their first chance at the top level, including Alessandro Nannini, Pierluigi Martini and Gianni Morbidelli add something


1990

Simod - Amongst other sponsorships, they were a named sponsor of the Italian Minardi Formula 1 team for a number of years during the 1990s


1991

It was the first team in modern times to make use of customer engines from Ferrari in 1991 and in 1992 they used Lamborghini V12s add something

 

The team never achieved a podium finish, only managing three 4th place finishes: Martini twice in 1991 and Christian Fittipaldi in 1993 add something


1993

Gianni Morbidelli - A lack of sponsorship led to him leaving Minardi to rejoin Italian Touring Cars for 1993, where he drove an Alfa Romeo 155 to two wins for Alfa Corse, before being hired by Footwork Arrows for

 

Christian Fittipaldi - The jump to Formula 1 gave it with Minardi, one of the most modest of the grid in the 1993 season

 

Gustav Brunner - With March Engineering folding, he moved to Minardi for 1993, designing their successful M193 chassis, before another switch, to Ferrari's Research & Development department, eventually returning to Minardi as chief designer in 1997 to help new technical director, Gabriele Tredozi, and became the technical director in 1999


1994

Money woes hit and in 1994 Minardi joined his team with BMS Scuderia Italia in an effort to survive add something

 

Points were rare during this time; between 1994 and 2000 Minardi scored just seven points add something

 

Fondmetal - Rumi would return to Formula One in a more modest capacity in 1994, with Fondmetal sponsoring Tyrrell, and for 1996 would switch his support to Minardi

 

Lola Cars - The team withdrew from F1 before the end of the season and partly merged with Minardi for 1994


1995

Pedro Lamy - After intense physical therapy, Lamy signed a contract to race in the second half of the 1995 season for Minardi, replacing Pierluigi Martini, and scoring the team's only point of the season in Adelaide

 

Marc Gene - It was a difficult year; however, after several ninth places and an eighth, he managed to score his first point, and Minardi's first since 1995, with a sixth place at the European Grand Prix, while his team-mate Luca Badoer broke down in tears after his car's gearbox failed and denied the Italian his first points finish in Formula One, as he was running in fourth place with 13 laps to go

 

Forti - The team negotiated for the most powerful and expensive Cosworth $V8 (V8_engine) engines in late 1995 to replace the outdated and underpowered ED models, and its financial security was demonstrated by rumours during the 1995 season that the more competitive but less well-funded Minardi team was considering a merger with Forti as a means of maintaining its own presence in the sport


1996

In 1996 Italian businessman Gabriele Rumi, former owner of the Fondmetal team switched his sponsorship support from Tyrrell to Minardi add something

 

Pedro Lamy - Lamy stayed with Minardi for 1996, but the team's lack of resources meant the car received little development, and the Portuguese driver finished his F1 career, after 32 Grand Prix starts

 

Paul Stoddart - Stoddart returned to racing in 1996 when he purchased ten old Tyrrell F1 cars, a Minardi, a Benetton, and a Brabham for his own use


1997

Jarno Trulli - In 1997, Trulli made his debut in Formula One with Minardi


1998

Norberto Fontana - He attempted to enter with the Tyrrell team for 1998 but was dropped in favour for Brazilian Ricardo Rosset and with Minardi for 2000

 

Brian Hart - In 1998, Hart turned to Minardi and began working on another V10 design, but he was never able to fully finance the project

 

Tyrrell Racing - The Minardi 2-seater F1 cars are modifications of the 1998 Tyrrell 026 design, most noticeable in the distinctive shape of the nose of the car

 

Fernando Alonso - Former Minardi F1 driver Adrián Campos gave Alonso his first test in a race car in October 1998


1999

Max Wilson - At the end of 1999, Wilson was offered a drive with the ailing Minardi team but a lack of financial backing saw him lose the ride at the last minute to a less experienced but more financially solvent driver

 

Marc Gene - Gené got his big break in 1999, occupying a race seat with the Minardi team

 

Gaston Mazzacane - He began his Formula One career in 1999 as the test driver for Minardi

 

Norberto Fontana - In 1999, Fontana tested with Minardi for a seat that would partner Marc Gené


2000

For the 2000 season the team were forced to use 1998-spec Ford Zetec-R V10 engines, which were rebadged as Fondmetal engines in deference to his financial input add something

 

Minardi was known for not using pay drivers, but for the 2000 season, the team signed Argentinian Gastón Mazzacane, who only acquired the seat thanks to backing from the Pan-American Sports Network add something

 

Marc Gene - Gené continued with Minardi in 2000, but failed to score a single point, with his best finish being eighth at the Australian and Austrian Grands Prix


2001

In 2001, the team made one of its more infamous deals, signing Malaysian pay driver Alex Yoong add something

 

In 2001, to save the team from folding, Minardi sold it to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart, who ran the team for five years before selling it on to Red Bull in 2005 who renamed it Scuderia Toro Rosso add something

 

Enrique Bernoldi - Although touted before the start of the 2001 season to be joining either Prost, Minardi or Sauber, Bernoldi instead signed a contract with Arrows, a move that was seen as surprising by some

 

Flavio Briatore - As his manager, Briatore secured him a race drive with Minardi in 2001, and promoted him to test-driver for Renault in 2002

 

Gustav Brunner - Following three successive seasons where his Minardi designs had been praised for their innovative design considering such small resources, he was head-hunted by Toyota to become their Technical Director for their new Formula One team in 2001

 

Giancarlo Fisichella - Renault had purchased the Benetton team by the start of the 2001 season, but their investment was too late to enable much progress with Benetton's uncompetitive 2001 car, and as a result, Fisichella was battling for much of the season with teams such as Minardi and Prost

 

Michelin - The company returned to Formula One in 2001, supplying the Williams, Jaguar, Benetton , Prost and Minardi teams

 

Fernando Alonso - This design is an original design helmet from when Alonso joined Minardi in the 2001 season, with the difference that he wore a blue color with dark blue shades, and gradually changed to light blue and finally blue typical Asturias in 2004


2002

Antonio Garcia (racing driver) - In 2002 he returned full-time to World Series by Nissan, was a test driver for Minardi, and finished 12th in FIA GT. In 2003 he moved full-time to the European Touring Car Championship driving a Ravaglia Motorsport BMW to 8th place in points

 

Paul Stoddart - Stoddart almost sold European Aviation at the end of 2002 and Wilux became Minardi's title sponsor

 

Telstra - They sponsored the Minardi team for the 2002 F1 season, and the Rally Australia 2006 Championships

 

Mark Webber - Webber was replaced as test driver for Benetton for 2002 by Fernando Alonso, but Briatore managed to secure Webber a contract to race alongside Alex Yoong in the Stoddart-owned Minardi team, making him the first Australian in Formula One since David Brabham in 1994


2003

Jos Verstappen - He returned to the cockpit in 2003 with Paul Stoddart's European Minardi team, considered the tail enders of the grid


2004

Before the start of the 2004 season, he threatened to withdraw his support against the ban on traction control, but later withdrew this threat add something

 

Minardi was represented in 2004 by two rookies, Italian Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni and Hungarian Zsolt Baumgartner add something

 

Marchy Lee - After winning the 2004 Formula BMW Asia title, Marchy had the chance to test an F1 car with the Minardi team

 

Will Davison - In 2004 he tested a Formula One car with fellow Aussie Will Power at Misano, Italy for the Minardi team owned by Australian Paul Stoddart

 

Tiago Monteiro - Monteiro was signed up as an official Minardi F1 test driver for the 2004 season, but competed in the Nissan World Series with Carlin Motorsport

 

Pastor Maldonado - In November 2004, Maldonado was given an opportunity to test with the Minardi &Formula_One team at Misano in Italy


2005

Before the 2005 Australian Grand Prix Stoddart initially threatened to withdraw his cars if they were made to comply with the revised regulations for 2005 add something

 

Before the 2005 Australian Grand Prix Stoddart initially threatened to withdraw his cars if they were made to comply with the revised regulations for 2005 add something

 

In 2005, Minardi's drivers were Christijan Albers and Patrick Friesacher add something

 

Robert Doornbos - He has been test and third driver for the Jordan and Red Bull Racing Formula One teams, as well as driving for Minardi and Red Bull Racing in 2005 and 2006

 

Luca Filippi - He made his Formula One test debut in 2005 with Minardi in the team's last ever test

 

Red Bull Racing - In the autumn of 2005, Red Bull announced that they had purchased the Minardi &Formula_One team, and it would be known as Scuderia Toro Rosso from 2006 onwards

 

Cosworth - Minardi used re-badged Cosworth engines until 2005

 

Robert Doornbos - The Minardi team ceased to exist in its previous form at the end of 2005, being bought out by Red Bull and becoming their Scuderia Toro Rosso team

 

Christian Klien - The Austrian returned to the race seat for the Canadian Grand Prix and maintained his race seat thanks to his strong performances and Red Bull's increased number of seats from the purchase of the Minardi team in 2006

 

Dietrich Mateschitz - In September 2005, Mateschitz joined forces with his close friend and former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, and purchased the Italian-registered Minardi team from its Australian owner Paul Stoddart

 

Ending several weeks of speculation on 10 September 2005 Red Bull announced it would take control of Minardi in November and run it as their "rookie team" from 2006 add something


2006

In 2006, Paul Stoddart declared his intention to enter a new team called 'European Minardi F1 Team Ltd' into Formula One beginning in 2008 add something

 

The petition was not successful and the team was renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso for the 2006 season add something

 

Red Bull Racing - In 2006 STR used a chassis based on the 2005 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB1 chassis, originally designed by Jaguar Racing, and Minardi's contracted supply of rev-limited V10 Cosworth engines

 

Pacific Racing - In 2006, Paul Stoddart, former owner of the & Minardi Formula 1 team, bought an interest in the team and re-christened it Minardi Team USA

 

Scuderia Toro Rosso - It made its racing debut in the 2006 Formula One season, after Paul Stoddart sold his remaining interest in the Minardi team at the end of 2005 to Red Bull's owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, who subsequently struck a 50/50 joint-ownership deal with former F1 driver, Gerhard Berger, before the start of the season

 

On 1 January 2006, Giancarlo Minardi re-acquired certain rights to use the Minardi name in racing add something

 

Paul Stoddart - In March 2006, less than a year after selling his team to Red Bull, Stoddart announced his intentions to return the Minardi name to Formula One after lodging an entry with the &FIA (Fédération_Internationale_de_l'Automobile) for the championship season

 

The team raced with moderate success, scoring a podium in each leg of the Spa round in June 2006 add something

 

Paul Stoddart - In December 2006 Stoddart purchased the CTE-HVM ChampCar team which he renamed & Minardi Team USA - Giancarlo Minardi retains the rights to use the name in some formulae and markets, Stoddart in others

 

On 18 December 2006, it was confirmed that he had purchased a controlling interest in the CTE Racing-HVM Champ Car team and that the team would be renamed Minardi Team USA add something


2007

In 2007, the team had reasonable success add something

 

Robert Doornbos - After missing a racing seat for the 2007 Formula One season, Robert Doornbos signed a contract with Minardi Team USA for the 2007 Champ Car World Series season

 

Robert Doornbos - Doornbos drove for Minardi Team USA in the 2007 and final season of the Champ Car World Series

 

Paul Stoddart - He later took the & Minardi brand into the Champ Car World Series after his purchase of a portion of CTE-HVM Racing which he renamed Minardi Team USA for 2007


2008

When the series folded before its planned 2008 season, Stoddart's involvement ceased, with the team entering the Indycar Series under the HVM name add something

 

Robert Doornbos - After the merger of the CCWS and the Indy Car Series was announced for 2008, the Minardi half of the team elected not to take part, reducing HVM Racing to a one-car team

 

A.C. Milan - Robert Doornbos, formerly driving for Minardi and Red Bull Racing in the Formula One World Championship, drove for Milan in 2008


2009

Formula One - Suspension is double wishbone or multilink front and rear, with pushrod operated springs and dampers on the chassis - one exception being that of the 2009 specification Red Bull Racing car which used pullrod suspension at the rear, the first car to do so since the Minardi PS01 in 2001


2017

Paul Stoddart - Starting from the 2017 Spanish Grand Prix, Paul Stoddart is offering fans the ability to get in one of his Minardi Fx2 cars