F1 rookie, Robert Doornbos notched up his best F1 finish to date at the Turkish Grand Prix Sunday, when he brought the Minardi Cosworth PS05 home in 13th place, ahead of both the Jordan's.

Doornbos admitted he was a 'happy chappy' following the result, although it wasn't all plain sailing - and his car stalled when leaving the pits at the end of his first pit stop.

"What a race! I really had a lot of fun and I finished it quite easily," he reflected. "I'm also happy with my physical shape at the end of what was a tough Grand Prix. The car actually got better as the race progressed and I think we could have continued, as the tyres were still in good shape.

"I had a great start for the first time, and dived inside [Jacques] Villeneuve, which was fun. After that, I was able to keep up a strong pace, and to have raced the Jordans and finished in front of them, what can I say? I'm a happy chappy!"

Minardi boss, Paul Stoddart meanwhile gave Doornbos the thumbs-up on what was only his third outing with the team, following the decision to draft him in at the German Grand Prix back in July.

"We knew we had a good strategy for the weekend, which we proved and Robert put in a gutsy drive to finish 13th in the race," concluded Stoddart. "Sadly, Christijan [Albers] suffered a multitude of problems [in the sister PS05], ranging from a fuel rig failure to gear selection difficulties; however, he almost reached the chequered flag, and put in a sterling performance in the process. It's quite clear that the Minardi Cosworth PS05 is improving race by race, albeit with a few reliability issues still to be ironed out."

 

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