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Dome personnel at Minardi (1997)?
I was wondering if one of the old-timers here could confirm or deny this...
I recall this very vaguely, since this was when I was just becoming a hardcore F1 fan (thank you internet). Dome, who is best known for running Honda's factory NSX program in the Japan Super GT series (formerly JGTC), had announced plans to enter F1 with their own car in March 1996.
They have an entertaining chronicle of how things eventually fell apart on their website, and while reading through it today, I noticed that the author, one Mr. Tadashi Sasaki, refers to himself as the "Minardi manager". Later on, during a meeting with Malik Ado Ibrahim in 1997 (who, if you will recall, bought into Arrows in '99, unveiled that stupid t-minus thing on the cars' sidepods, and then disappeared from sight), Sasaki says, "I thought I could promote Minardi if he was keen on racing team that much but he wanted to be England-based."
If this was 1997, that's when Ukyo Katayama was paired with Jarno Trulli and Tarso Marques; the car also sported Mild Seven sponsorship that year. Did we have a Japanese manager, too? Does anyone remember anything about this?