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Pieces of the puzzle ( the second driver parade )
Let me make a big entrance by telling you Jos "The Boss" Verstappen MIGHT drive for Minardi in 2005. I just received the news after Jordan-Midland announced it's drive-lineup to the public.
With Robert Doornbos being rulled-out of a Jordan-midland drive, his dutch sponsor Muermans will invest part of the money in Robert by securing a testdrive while the other part will go to Minardi in order to secure a drive for Jos.
But, yeah there's is a big BUT, at the moment Jos is not willling to join Minardi in the knowledge he will become a backmarker during season 2005.
So here's the idea, and it's pretty brilliant....
Minardi will start the season with Albers and Kiesa using the old PS04. After the GP of Imola Verstappen will test the new PS05! If it is as good as Paul makes us believe it is, Verstappen will join Minardi! He will test the car on the Imola track and can compare the times with the ones recorded by the other teams during the gp-weekend. This way he can say with pretty good sertainty if the car is able to be a mid-field - or better - contender.
It's all up to Jos and if he like to join Minardi by believing the windtunnel results we should see him as early as Melbourne. This is why Paul kept his options open by saying "The second driver will be a european, he have driven for us before and has experience". Could be Kiesa, Jos, Wilson, etc, etc....
Prepair for the return of the comeback kid. Seal your frontdoors, hold-on to your children, cause Holland will shake when this news hits the streets!