Minardi continue with the enthusiastic trying out of new drivers it has been doing lately with another American, former Barber Dodge Pro and CART racer Townsend Bell. Minardi formerly had Bryan Herta behind the wheel and Bell is set to take to an F1 car at the Mugello track in Italy on the 17th and 18th of September.
Herta also won the Dayton Indy Lights, in 1993, and raced in CART for eight years. Currently racing in the American Le Mans series with Panoz, Herta drove for Minardi at the Thunder In The Park weekend at Donington Park in the UK. It was not an official test as it took place during the F1 summer break when testing is not allowed.
Minardi tested Russian Sergei Zlobin recently, who competes in the European F3000 series, as part of an agreement with new Russian sponsors Gazprom. Boss Paul Stoddart has expressed an interest in British drivers too: BAR tester Anthony Davidson, who replaced Alex Yoong for two races, and 2001 F3000 champion Justin Wilson.