Zlobin to resume Minardi test programme 10 Aug 2004
Minardi have announced that Russian driver, Sergey Zlobin, has signed to continue his testing programme with the team. The Moscow-based racer - the first Russian to drive a modern Formula One car - initially tested for Minardi in 2002.
In the course of three sessions with the team, at the Fiorano, Valencia and Mugello circuits, Zlobin made steady progress, covering 840 kilometres in total. The 34 year-old will now embark on an intensive test schedule, commencing at the end of August and concluding in December.
"We are very pleased to welcome Sergey back to Minardi in order that he can resume the testing programme he commenced with us in 2002," said Minardi Team Principal, Paul Stoddart.
"Considering the ever-increasing interest in Formula One in the countries of eastern Europe, I think it's very important that the sport should be working towards the ultimate goal of having a Russian driver in its ranks. Sergey is approaching his involvement in F1 very sensibly, and we will continue to do everything we can to assist him to progress his driving career to the highest possible level."