F1 » Minardi concerned by FIA's 'blind eye' on youth

Former F1 team owner Giancarlo Minardi believes the FIA should do more to help up-and-coming drivers reach the top flight.

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Bystander - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 11:05 AM

With in-season testing banned, I think forcing teams to use a young driver on the Friday morning is a seriously bad idea. It would make it so much more difficult to assess if new parts were working and the team wouldn't be able to rely on the data as well. Also, which race driver would sit out the session per team?

I think the solution would be that each team were allowed a certain number of in-season testing miles per season, with a restriction on how many of those could be done with each race driver, with the rest by a young/test driver. It would also make a more competitive season, eg this year Ferrari and McLaren would have been able to use some testing early on to get on Red Bull pace sooner, and then Red Bull could use it later to improve further. It would be another strategic element of when and how to use your testing mileage.

ferret .

August 24, 2011 11:41 AM

I miss the old Minardi team.
Some good talent has started out in Minardi in their days.
Despite being tail enders on the grid, they worked even harder than the top teams to be in the sport.
Okay alot of drivers had to pay for a seat in the team due to financial reasons, but at least a driver got the chance with the team, even if they were a tail end of the grid!
Remember Minardi scoring a point was like a race win to them, and the money they got from a single point paid for their logistics for a whole season at the time.

Would love to see Minardi Name come back to Formula one!

Taz - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 12:12 PM


Very true, I remember Luca Badoer bawling his eyes out beside the car because he'd crashed out or the car give in because he was on for a 6th place finish and 1 point, that was a win for Minardi.

Remember seeing Alonso for the 1st time at Spa in a Minardi in the wet and thought he's be something special.

ferret .

August 24, 2011 12:37 PM

Hey Taz.
Good call there, i forgot about that one.
I remember Stoddart and Webber once getting on podium in Melbourne to celebrate winning a point.
There are three current drivers who are race winners that raced in a Minardi, Trulli, Alonso, and Webber.

I remember Spa 1998 when nearly all the cars were out the race and a minardi got badly damaged due to fisi crashing into it big time at the bus stop area, but Minardi got the crew to repair car and send it back out some time later, just so they could get a point, but to no avail as they finished but just out side the points, also coulthard got his car repaired after Michael Schumacher went into blind due to spray, and got sent out to collect points, but to avail too.
Entertainig race that, massive incident at start, restart, cars crashed, near punch up in pit lane, Jorden gets first win. got it on video still too!

ferret .

August 24, 2011 1:39 PM

@ Taz.

A Classic race indeed mate. (destruction derby,Banger racing, almost boxing match in pit lane, and an f1 race all at the same time LOL).
Think eight cars finished finished race that includes the Minardi and McLaren that were repaired and sent out many laps behind to pick up any points!
If only the Track lay out was the same now as it was back then in 1998. :-D

Insomniac - Unregistered

August 24, 2011 2:51 PM

I would dearly love all the teams to run a third car on Friday. You get the young guys in, the lower teams get their third driver money (several times if your HRT, Lotus etc), you get plenty of track running, especially early on, and you get a spare car for each team. It's not like they don't have all the parts anyway. Limit engines and gearboxes to them, give a couple sets of tyres a weekend, and everyone wins.

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