Minardi on track at last 05 Mar 2005
Wait finally over for Friesacher and Albers
Both Minardi drivers participated in Saturday practice for the Australian Grand Prix, running their cars with 2005-spec aero packages, fully complying with the revised regulations.
Team boss Paul Stoddart had wanted to use Minardis 2004 car this weekend, but after much controversy over the plan, including a trip to Victorias Supreme Court, he finally decided to comply with the stewards and modify the teams machines, rather than pursue legal action.
Austrian Patrick Friesacher was the first car out onto the Albert Park circuit as Saturdays opening practice began in wet conditions. He completed 11 laps and Dutch team mate Christijan Albers 10, as they acclimatised themselves to their revised Minardi machines.