Nissany tests Minardi at Vallelunga 18 Jul 2005
Minardi completed a rare one-day test at the Vallelunga Circuit near Rome on Friday. Driving duties were handled by official test driver, Chanoch Nissany, who successfully completed over 300 kilometres of running in the PS05.
The purpose of the test was to carry out a systems check on the team's spare chassis, and to assess new components and software ahead of the German and Hungarian Grands Prix. Minardi personnel also took the opportunity to carry out pit-stop practice during the afternoon session.
"It was a challenging day because the temperature and humidity levels were very high, said Nissany, who ran a total of 93 laps. Even so, we did some long runs in the course of the two sessions, and I'm pleased to have had the opportunity of driving the latest Minardi Cosworth PS05 for the first time. Initial impressions were that the chassis balance was good and the car was comfortable over the curbs. I'm happy with the job we've done today."
"The team is satisfied with today's test in Vallelunga, added sporting director and team manager, Massimo Rivola. Considering the track is quite technical and that Chanoch has not driven a Formula One car here before, his performance was good, especially considering fuel loads were quite high, as we were carrying out a number of race simulation runs.
We were also extremely impressed with his physical condition, as he dealt easily with the ambient temperature, which was over 40 deg Celsius for much of the day. It's clear he is absolutely committed when it comes to the job he is doing for the team. He also provided useful feedback for the engineers, which will be taken into account during our preparations for the upcoming races."
Nissanys best time around the Italian circuit was a 1m 07.624s.