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 driving for the Minardi Formula One team at the 2004
Zsolt Baumgartner driving for the Minardi Formula One team at the 2004 USGP

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Minardi is a automobile racing team, founded in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi. It has competed in the Formula One World Championship since 1985, though with little success. Despite this, it has a small but loyal following of fans.

Since it started racing in F1, the team has scored all of 45 championship points (although under the modern points system this number would almost quadruple). Just over half of these were taken by the team's first driver, Pierluigi Martini, whilst 7 came in the farcical 2005 United States Grand Prix in which only 6 drivers competed due to an argument over tyre safety. The Minardi drivers finished 5th and 6th. Martini also recorded the team's only front row start and actually led a lap during a heroic performance in 1989. In spite of this, the team has never been on a podium in its history, only managing a best place of 4th three times: Martini twice in 1991 and Christian Fittipaldi in 1993.

The team, near collapse, was purchased by Australian businessman Paul Stoddart in early 2001. Since taking over as team principal, Stoddart has been campaigning for reduced costs in the sport. He has appealed to the competing car manufacturers for an agreement where the independent (and, on the whole, financially weaker) teams in Formula One would get cheaper engine deals than at present. In return, the team principals who would benefit from this would support the works teams when it came to opposing new rule changes enforced by the Fdration Internationale de l'Automobile, such as the proposed ban on traction control. So far, Stoddart's efforts have failed to produce such a deal. Before the start of the 2004 season, he threatened to withdraw his support against the ban on traction control.

Minardi was represented in 2004 by two rookies, Italian Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni and Hungarian Zsolt Baumgartner. During the year, they celebrated their 20th season in F1. Baumgartner scored Minardi's first point in more than 2 years at the United States Grand Prix, finishing 8th (only 8 cars finished the 2004 USGP). Baumgartner is also the first Hungarian to score a point in a World Championship F1 race.

In 2005, Minardi's drivers are Christijan Albers and Patrick Friesacher. They amassed a comparatively astronomical total of 7 points following the debacle of the 2005 United States Grand Prix, in which they finished fifth and sixth (of six runners) respectively.

Despite their reputation as a backmarking team, more than a handful of future stars have raced for them in recent years. Grand Prix winners Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, and Fernando Alonso, along with promising Australian Mark Webber, have all raced for the team within the last 10 years.

External link

Minardi's official website (http://www.minardi.it/Default.asp?LN=UK)

Forza Minardi - Unofficial Minardi fansite (http://www.forzaminardi.com)

Constructors and drivers competing in the 2005 Formula One championship:
Ferrari BAR Renault Williams McLaren Sauber Red Bull Toyota Jordan Minardi
1 M Schumacher
2 Barrichello
3 Button
4 Sato
5 Alonso
6 Fisichella
7 Webber
8 Heidfeld
9 Rikknen
10 Montoya
11 Villeneuve
12 Massa
14 Coulthard
15 Klien
16 Trulli
17 R Schumacher
18 Monteiro
19 Karthikeyan
20 Friesacher
21 Albers

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