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Minardi on track at last 05 Mar 2005

Christijan Albers (NED) Minardi, Paul Stoddart (AUS) Minardi Team Principal, Patrick Friesacher (AUT) Minardi and Chanoch Nissany (ISR) Minardi Test Driver at the Minardi Launch.
Minardi Launch, Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 3 March 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 Minardi’s 2004 car this weekend, but after much controversy over the plan, including a trip to Victoria’s Supreme Court, he finally decided to comply with the stewards and modify the team’s machines, rather than pursue legal action.

Austrian Patrick Friesacher was the first car out onto the Albert Park circuit as Saturday’s 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.