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Albers' to get Jan. teammate
A F1 teammate for Minardi rookie Christijan Albers will be named early next year, Paul Stoddart said. The team owner and principal, sitting next to the 25-year-old Dutch star, revealed at a media conference in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) that he is not yet decided on Albers' teammate, from a final list of seven.
He said: "The name will be unveiled in January." Hungarian incumbent Zsolt Baumgartner is thought favourite, but Patrick Friesacher, Tiago Monteiro, Nicolas Kiesa, Pastor Maldonado and Robert Doornbos all ran for the Faenza-based squad recently at Misano.
Stoddart said in Holland: "Minardi has ambitious plans (for 2005). It is very gratifying to see a number of Dutch companies getting behind a talented young driver in order to help him take that final step to the highest level of motor racing."
[Edited on 24/12/2004 by Clown]
Zsolt Baumgartner, Patrick Friesacher, Tiago Monteiro, Nicolas Kiesa, Pastor Maldonado, and Robert Doornbos.
points, better financial situation, just bluff?
The Minardi Formula One team are expected to announce Dutch driver Christijan Albers as one of the race drivers for the impending 2005 championship season, but if all the right chips fall into place, RenaultF1 test driver Franck Montagny is hoping he too will be dressed in the Faenza based teams colours next year.
However, while the young Frenchman is confident of completing a deal with Paul Stoddart’s outfit, he admitted that like most of the smaller of the teams, securing a full time drive will boil down to finances.
“I am still in contact with Minardi but well… the team has some financial requirements,” he said. “Finance first then, and if everything goes well on this matter, then they will be able to choose which driver they want to hire; if so, the probability is very good for me, but it’s hot!”
In the meantime, Franck is taking a well deserved time off for the festive season but will be back in action for Renault early next month.
“My training program will resume on January 3rd, to be in good shape before I drive again on January 12th,” he confirmed.
Let's collect money to buy cockpits for Mazzacane, Katayma and Tuero for 2006!
Minardi is officially the Dutch-Belgian F1 team.
Never was Frank Williams more close to the truth than in my signature.
RJ, we will never agree on this subject.