F1 heads back to Imola with Minardi


Former team owner Gian Carlo Minardi is organising a Historic Minardi Day on Saturday 25 June that will see Formula 1 return to the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola.

There will be a selection of former Minardi F1 machinery out on track that will chart the history of the team from its début in 1985 during the Brazilian Grand Prix with Pierluigi Martini up to the Chinese Grand Prix in 2005 before the team was sold and became Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The Minardi team featured a wide selection of drivers throughout the years and helped give future champions a break in the sport with likes of Alessandro Nannini, Michele Alboreto, Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, Alessandro Zanardi, Mark Webber, Luca Badoer, and Gianni Morbidelli all driving for the team at one point in their career.

Joining the line up of Minardi F1 cars will be the Toro Rosso STR03 which Sebastian Vettel took to victory at Monza in 2008.

“This day is dedicated to all the enthusiasts and fans of the Minardi Team who still today continue to demonstrate their fondness to me.” said Minardi. “During the Targa Florio, I saw with my own eyes their warmth and they moved me. Honestly, I did not expect it.

“The Historic Minardi Day will be the occasion for living again 340 F1 GP and 35 years of the Minardi Team, along with the drivers who contributed in writing this history. A sport day to live all together. The more the merrier” he added.

The official website for the event can be found at www.MinardiDay.it, this includes information on the complete programme of events. You can also follow the updates via Facebook and Twitter social networks, using the hashtag #HistoricMinardiDay and #MinardiDay.