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Minardi to run Nissany in third car 28 Jul 2005

Chanoch Nissany (ISR) Minardi Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Preparations, Imola, Italy, 21 April 2005

Minardi have announced they will field a third car in Friday practice at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Test driver Chanoch Nissany will be at the wheel of the PS05, making him the first Israeli to play an official part in a championship round.

Nissany resides in Budapest and speaks Hungarian, so his Hungaroring appearance is sure to generate plenty of media interest. He was granted the necessary Super-licence only this week, having completed nearly 1600 kilometres of Formula One testing in the last year.

"We are very pleased that, after an extensive F1 testing programme, Chanoch will be able to assume the role of Friday Test Driver for the team at the Hungarian Grand Prix," said Minardi boss, Paul Stoddart. "Aside from providing our technical staff with useful additional data, I'm sure Chanoch's presence on track this weekend will help to raise the profile of Formula One in both Israel and Hungary, where he is a very popular figure. This can only be a good thing for the overall health of the World Championship."

Nissany is no stranger to the Hungaroring, having competed in the Hungarian, Belgian and Italian rounds of the FIA F3000 International Championship in 2004. The Israeli will also have the distinction of being the oldest driver this weekend. In fact, Friday will mark not only his Grand Prix debut, but also his 42nd birthday.

Minardi said that Nissany’s appearance will initially be a one-off programme. Nissany has previously tested for Jordan, who also confirmed on Thursday that former Minardi racer Nicolas Kiesa will again be their third driver this weekend.