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No stopping us now 03 Mar 2003

The backmarkers reaped the benefits of a first lap pile up. Grand Prix debutante Mark Webber (AUS) Minardi PS02 came from eighteenth to finish fifth and the following Eddie Irvine (GBR) Jaguar R3 went one better from nineteenth to finish fourth.
Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, 3 March 2002

Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart has had a tough winter and is still fighting to get monies due to him under the FIA's agreement that his team is eligible for sums that would otherwise have gone to the defunct Arrows team.

Nevertheless, as he left for Australia Stoddart, who enjoyed a dream race in Melbourne last year as Mark Webber finished fifth, said that the team would definitely continue.

"Right now we can compete, and we will complete the season in better shape than we did the 2002 season," he said. "But if we don't get the money we have been promised from the Fighting Fund I'm in for another year of watching the finances all the time."

To avoid having to run three cars, other teams may have to stump up funds to keep Minardi afloat, but McLaren chief Ron Dennis made it clear he didn't like the idea.

Stoddart said he intends to take the matter up with Dennis in Australia.