Record day for Minardi two-seaters 26 Nov 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.