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This weeks Misano-test thread



  • Checking out the Minardi pics, it is good to see sponsor decals all over the car, I thought it would be run with just Bridgestone and Cosworth at the most. Maybe the sponsors on there right now will be staying with us. Hopefully we add some big dollar ones too.
  • Did you see that the drivers had their own sponsors on their overalls ????

    I guess they are paying for the driver to test, or else they wouldn't get their logo's on the overall!!!!!

    BTW, didn't some Dutchie report last week that Muermans left us.
    Well, it seems they are back !!!!!:cool:
  • Or they did not want to waste the time to peel them from the car and all that that entails.
  • Comment for RJ:

    on the frontpage you write that Nissany had his 1st F1 experience yesterday, but he had already driven a Jordan F1 car !!!!!!!!!!!:spank:
  • But driving a Minardi is still more special than a Jordan!
  • You guys may recall that last year we ran with the 2003 sponsors on the car until Dec. 1st. Even Trust remained until that time...
  • Here is the latest from Faenza - but be prepared to have the Croc Dundee crowd pleasuring themselves all over the place:



    MISANO, ITALY, November 23, 2004 – The second day of Minardi’s week-long test session at the Autodromo Santamonica saw a distinctly “Down Under” flavour at the Italian circuit, as young Australian drivers, Will Davison and Will Power, both experiencing Formula One performance for the first time, joined Israeli driver, Chanock Nissany, who was completing a two-day programme with the team.  Once again, the primary objective of the day’s activities was to provide the drivers with the chance to acclimatise to Formula One, although the team’s engineers also took the opportunity to evaluate some new aerodynamic components, which may be used in 2005.  Tomorrow, the emphasis switches to the Minardi F1 two-seater programme, as Zsolt Baumgartner, Christijan Albers and Nicolas Kiesa spend the day providing high-speed “chauffeur” services to nearly 50 passengers, who are certain to experience the “ride of a lifetime”.        


    WILL POWER                       Best lap: 1 min 11.790 secs                  Total laps: 22

    “It was very, very impressive, like nothing else I’ve ever driven.  You just can’t describe the brakes and the power, but ultimately, it’s just another car, and you have to get used to it and become physically fit enough to drive race distances in it if you’re going to do F1.  The track proved to be quite easy to learn – it’s mostly slow and medium-speed corners, and other than the left-handers going onto the back straight, which are taken ‘flat’, there are no massively quick corners.  Once I’d familiarised myself with the layout, I just found the quicker I went, the more I loved it.  It was huge fun!”       


    WILL DAVISON                    Best lap: 1 min 11. 900 secs                 Total laps: 22

    “That was just an awesome experience – incredible!  You can prepare physically as much as you like, but nothing can really prepare you for the experience of driving a Formula One car for the first time.  The power is amazing, although you do start to adapt to it quite quickly, but the whole package – the engine, the gears, the brakes – is just perfect.  In fact, there is so much grip in the car, and the brakes are so good, that it’s difficult to find the limit of the car in a short space of time, but at a test like this, that is exactly what you need to do.  Personally, I feel pretty happy with the job I did today.  I didn’t make any mistakes, and each time I went out, I found there was something new to learn.  I particularly want to thank Paul Stoddart, the engineers, and the whole Minardi team, all of whom have made me feel extremely welcome.  That, in turn, hat has made my job easier.  The problem is, now I’ve had a small taste of F1, I want more, because I definitely felt as though I was capable of doing a good job on the basis of today’s experience.”  


    CHANOCK NISSANY            Best lap: 1 min 14.000 secs                  Total laps: 50

    “Today was very different for me in terms of the morning and afternoon sessions. In the morning, the car was in 2004 specification, but in the afternoon, I had the honour to be the first person to drive a Minardi with 2005 aerodymic package. It is immediately clear that there is much less downforce available, and I believe this cars will be much more difficult to drive and will demand considerable skill from the driver. Overall, I felt things went well today, and I would very much like to have the opportunity to continue my F1 “learning curve” with the team.”



    “All three drivers today put in a solid performance but I was particularly pleased to be able to fulfil a promise made twelve months ago to give two young Australian drivers, Will Power and Will Davison, the opportunity to realise the dream of a lifetime, by driving an F1 car. They both acquitted themselves with distinction, in that they were on the pace quickly and set very competitive times after only a relatively small number of laps. This is hugely significant, when you consider neither of them had ever sat in an F1 car before today. I believe both have a positive future and let’s hope at least one of them is able to follow in Mark Webber’s footsteps. Chanock had a difficult job, having been selected to test the interim, 2005 specification aerodynamics. He quickly realised the significance of the massive reduction in downforce, and provided the team with some useful feedback on its 2005 aero package.”


    - Ends -


    Minardi Testing Details

    Location: Autodromo Santamonica, Misano, Italy; Date: November 23, 2004

    Weather: Cool and sunny with scattered clouds

    Air temperature: 9-13 deg C

    Track temperature: 9-13 deg C


    Driver: Will Power (AUS)                 Driver: Will Davison (AUS)                             Driver: Chanock Nissany (IS)

    Chassis allocation: PS04B/04           Chassis allocation: PS04B/04                           Chassis allocation: PS04B/02

    Distance covered: 89.3 km               Distance covered: 89.3 km                              Distance covered: 203.0 km

  • C'mon stoddie, give will power one of the 05 seats!

  • Before making any degrading comments to ANY driver, please read the PR very well !!!!!!!
    Excuse me but I always like to make the degrading comments before reading...........
  • 'Channock' sounds like a helicopter.

    Any pics of the car with the 05 Aero package ?
  • 2004


    Higher front wing, larger end plates on the rear.
  • The front wings are going to look so awful. The ruination of the look of F1 cars continues ...
  • On the 2005-spec pic you can see Golden Palace is gone.
    On the upper pic it's name is on the side of the rear wing, just below EROS !!!!

    BTW, Albers is too close to Stoddie looking "important" on the pitwall for my liking :
  • For your liking? Albers would be a great driver to snag, and seeing him in a 2-seater is great news.
  • Albers would be a good choice for a seat plenty of consistant sponsorship (some we may not like) and experience with team and car. Also pretty decent driver.
  • Nasser Arafat would be cheap!
    As would Yasser Arafat.
  • For your liking? Albers would be a great driver to snag, and seeing him in a 2-seater is great news.
    I've seen him several times on Dutch telly and I don't like him (as a person, I'm not judging his driving skills).

    You know he has an "air" of: I'm importrant, I'm good, blah, blah...
    That pic of him sitting there, like he's better than the drivers on the ground ..... BAH !!!:spank:
  • So long for the 15 drivers this week:
    (from Grandprix.com)
    At Misano Minardi has been working through a list of different drivers although not all of those who were announced will be seen testing as a few have not paid. Thus far we have seen Will Power, Will Davison, Chanok Nissany, Patrick Friesacher and Tiago Monteiro in action.
  • I heard both Albers and Jos will drive tomorrow?
  • I heard both Albers and Jos will drive tomorrow?
    Source ????

    On TOMS the only confirmed driver for tomorrow is Pastor Maldonado.

    BTW, yesterdays pics are up on TOMS: http://www.minardi.it/gallery/?LN=UK&IDFotoCatParent=237&IDFotoCat=383
    These are different pics than the ones on f1racing.net !!!!!!
  • f1racing.nl

    It says Albers will drive the F1 car and Jos will drive the 2 seater. Oh, the shame ! :D

    And another site (autosport.nl) claims Patrack Huisman (4 times Porsche Supercup champion) will test for Minardi this friday.
  • Pitpass reports that Minardi confirmed that Albers will drive the testcar, probably on Thursday.

    I read about Huisman as well on Dutch RTL teletext.
    It seems that Huisman and Minardi have a mutual sponsor in Muermans !!!! They arranged the drive.

    Huisman's height is 2m. I suppose the team will let him drive Wilson's PS03 ?!?!?!?!
  • I heard both Albers and Jos will drive tomorrow?
    What's new? ;)I already mentioned this two days ago. :P

    Anyway, Jos is only driving the two seater for Meurmans, nothing more. Hopefully Huisman will fit! Would be nice to see him driving a F1.
  • Hello everyone, I'm back!!
    Long time no hear......sorry, I was abroad, and I do not have a broadband at home until mid december, but i will try to visit once a day. If I am still considered a club memeber, of course....
  • We'll let you back Balu.

    As long as you DON'T DO IT AGAIN;)
  • sob....sob....sob....i pvomees i..sob...pvomizz...pleeezzz..sob..;)
  • On TOMS the only confirmed driver for tomorrow is Pastor Maldonado.
    Testing a balding ageing Israeli is one thing, testing some unknown Venezualen for money might be passable.........however testing members of the clergy is just going too far, although I will admit that the PS05 will need more than a prayer to be within 5 seconds a lap of the front runners.
  • Maybe we can get sponsorship from the Pope.
  • even the Ferrari is 3sec slower this year. The new regs are going to hurt everyone and make things more expensive in the short term. Well done FIA.
  • Maybe we can get sponsorship from the Pope.
    Well the church has got plenty of money and falling audiances...........
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