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Minardi, F1 constructor

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2nd (1990 United States Grand Prix)
38 (0 points per race avg)
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370 (27.5%)
1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
2005 Chinese Grand Prix

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

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Speaking on F1's Beyond the Grid podcast, Stoddart reflected on Alonso's rookie season as the Spaniard joined Minardi at the age of 19.
Alonso joined a team that was close to going out of business before Stoddart's European charter airline company bought it in December 2000, and turned up for his first race at Melbourne in the following year with minimal experience of the PS01 car.
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The Faenza-based Formula 1 team today called AlphaTauri started life as Minardi, an underdog effort run on a fraction of its rivals? budgets that gave opportunities to several future stars.
Giancarlo Minardi?s eponymous squad was a fixture on the grid between 1985 and 2005, when it was sold to Dietrich Mateschitz and rebranded as Toro Rosso for 2006.
Minardi will shortly be usurped by ...

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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.
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.

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