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Record day for Minardi two-seaters 26 Nov 2003

(L to R): Nicolas Kiesa (DEN) Minardi and Paul Stoddart (AUS) Minardi Team Principal celebrate Nicolas Kiesa (DEN) Minardi finishing his first GP.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 3 August 2003

Minardi's fleet of F1x2 two-seater Formula One cars had their final outing of the 2003 season at England's Donington Park circuit on Tuesday. The driver line-up consisted of Minardi regulars Jos Verstappen, Nicolas Kiesa and Gianmaria Bruni, plus FIA F3000 International Championship star, Vitantonio Liuzzi, and Minardi Team Principal, Paul Stoddart.

The hard-working cars carried 66 passengers - a record for a single day - and covered a total of 625 km around the challenging Derbyshire track.

"It has been another good day with the Minardi F1x2 cars, and personally, I had a great time," said Kiesa. "Donington is one of my favourite circuits, and I just loved being able to drive it in a Formula One car. It was also a special thrill to take my Dad as a passenger today, and I'm particularly pleased he now has a better understanding of just how challenging it is to drive one of these cars on a track like this. I think it may have given him a new perspective."

Bruni, the man believed to be closest to sealing a Minardi race seat for 2004, also enjoyed the day: "I am very pleased to have been able to share the thrill of being in a Formula One car with a number of them (the guests). I'm also happy to be part of the Minardi family and able to participate in days like this. I am looking forward to next year."

The Minardi two-seaters will be firing up their engines again early in 2004, when they are due to continue their ambassadorial role for the team.