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about Minardi

Minardi was an Italian automobile racing team and constructor founded in Faenza in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi. It competed in the Formula One World Championship from 1985 until 2005 with little success, nevertheless acquiring a loyal following of fans. 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.

During its time in F1, the team scored a total of 38 championship points; 16 of these were earned by the team's first driver, Pierluigi Martini. Martini also recorded the team's only front row start, qualifying 2nd at the 1990 United States Grand Prix, and he led a lap during the 1989 Portuguese Grand Prix, the only time a Minardi led a lap. The team never achieved a podium finish, only managing three 4th-place finishes: Martini twice in 1991 and Christian Fittipaldi in 1993.

Before Minardi's demise, the team was a particularly well-liked team within Formula One circles for its friendliness, accessibility, and lack of corporate culture. On the track, their cars were regarded by many as well-designed for their tiny budget, their low position recognised as a result of a lack of funds (and engine power) rather than a poor car. They also resisted employing pay-drivers more than most other financially strapped teams. Former Minardi drivers include double World Champion Fernando Alonso, Grands Prix winners Alessandro Nannini, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber; CART IndyCar World Series double champion Alex Zanardi and race winners Justin Wilson and Christian Fittipaldi; and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winners Michele Alboreto and Marc Gené.

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1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005,

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drivers who drove for Minardi

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1 Pierluigi Martini
2 Alessandro Nannini
3 Andrea de Cesaris
4 Adrián Campos
5 Luis Pérez-Sala
6 Paolo Barilla
7 Gianni Morbidelli
8 Roberto Moreno
9 Christian Fittipaldi
10 Alessandro Zanardi
11 Fabrizio Barbazza
12 Jean-Marc Gounon
13 Michele Alboreto
14 Luca Badoer BAD
15 Pedro Lamy
16 Giancarlo Fisichella FIS
17 Tarso Marques
18 Giovanni Lavaggi
19 Jarno Trulli TRU
20 Ukyo Katayama
21 Esteban Tuero
22 Shinji Nakano
23 Marc Gené
24 Stéphane Sarrazin
25 Gastón Mazzacane
26 Fernando Alonso ALO
27 Alex Yoong
28 Mark Webber WEB
29 Anthony Davidson DAV
30 Jos Verstappen
31 Justin Wilson
32 Nicolas Kiesa
33 Gianmaria Bruni
34 Zsolt Baumgartner
35 Patrick Friesacher FRI
36 Christijan Albers ALB
37 Robert Doornbos DOO

Minardi news

Speaking to Caras magazine, Marques – who started 24 Grands Prix across three seasons for Minardi – revealed he had 85% of his lungs compromised and was rushed to intensive care in hospital.<br>The 45-year-old, who now runs a vehicle customization company and also raced in IndyCar and Brazilian Stock Cars, reported that he “even made a will” while he was in hospital.<br><br>Read ...

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Patrese won the Mexican and Portuguese Grands Prix in 1991 in the Renault V10-powered car, and retired from the lead of two other races that year as the semi-automatic transmission proved problematic. He retired from F1 at the end of the 1993 season, having won six grands prix.<br>The Williams – which happened to be in Mansell's 'red five' livery, rather than Patrese's number six – was one of ...

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The TCR car and the Cosworth V10-powered Minardi will be joined by a road-going Hyundai i30 N in a single-lap handicapped dash.<br>Rally ace Brendan Reeves will drive the road car, the TCR car will be piloted by Nathan Morcom, while the two-seater duties are generally split between Will Davison and Zsolt Baumgartner over the AGP weekend.<br>The speed comparison will mark the public track debut for ...

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The Italian, now 57, brought the famous six-wheeler he now owns to this year’s edition of the Historic Minardi Day at Imola. Pierluigi considers the car ‘a mechanical jewel’ in F1’s history.<br>He has made a complete renovation of the 1977 machine, and after putting in hours of hard work, he even went to Australia to find some details to make it perfect.<br><br><br>Ronnie Peterson with the ...

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