Minardi to evaluate Arrows A23 at Mugello 28 Aug 2003
Minardi are to carry out a back-to-back test of their current PS03 car and the 2002 Arrows, which they purchased at auction earlier this year. The comparison run will take place at Mugello on September 16, with Jos Verstappen at the wheel of both cars.
Minardi had planned to evaluate the Arrows earlier, but the summer testing ban, plus the need to give recent signing Nicolas Kiesa enough time in the PS03 to acquire his super-license, delayed the test.
Now team boss Paul Stoddart is keen to finally discover whether anything of value can be gleaned from the Mike Coughlan-designed A23, which scored two world championship points its brief grand prix career last season.
"I need some accurate driver reports on certain parts of the Arrows to see whether we are going to incorporate it in next year's car," said Stoddart, according to news agency Reuters.
At the start of the 2002 season, the A23, coupled with its Cosworth V10, was considered one of the most promising packages among the midfield teams. However, Arrows' much-publicised financial problems hampered its development and prompted Coughlan's departure for current employers McLaren.
In the hands of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, the A23 scored two sixth places, in the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix.