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Minardi chance for young Australians 10 Dec 2003

Paul Stoddart (AUS) Minardi Team Owner 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has said he will give Australian drivers Will Davison and Will Power the opportunity to test a Formula One car during the 2004 season.

Davison and Power, who both competed in the British Formula Three series this year, will have seat fittings with the team at the Australian Grand Prix in March, ahead of their test which will take place sometime later in the season.

"The taste we can give them through a test drive will not guarantee they get to F1," said Stoddart. "But it should be very good experience for them."

Stoddart, himself an Australian, is no stranger to giving his fellow countrymen a foot-up into the sport. In 2002 Mark Webber scored points on his Grand Prix debut for Minardi in Melbourne and has since become number one driver at Jaguar.

Whether Davison and Power have what it takes to follow in Webber's footsteps remains to be seen. Both had some success in F3 this year, the former scoring a victory at Croft and the latter taking a podium at Thruxton.

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