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Stoddart to be Minardi's last driver
Paul Stoddart will become the last man to drive a contemporary Minardi Formula One car at Vallelunga on Thursday.
Outgoing team boss Stoddart will demonstrate the current PS05 at the Italian circuit on Thursday afternoon, after this week's driver evaluation tests are completed.
The 50 year-old Australian has driven the other Minardi cars during his five-year spell as team boss, however it will be the first time he will get behind the wheel of the 2005 challenger.
"I'll go down in the history as the last person to drive a Minardi," Stoddart told autosport.com. "I've not driven this year's car before but it won't be too difficult.
"I'll only do five laps or something, this will be the last lap in the Minardi Formula 1 car so I may as well do it. It will be very nostalgic but there isn't a lot of width on the track for what I had in mind. I'm sure there will be something special at the end.
"It will just be demonstration laps, I don't know this track very well so I'm not going to go too fast."
Minardi have been bought by Red Bull, who will rename the team next season.