Saturday August 23rd: this will be a memorable day for Coloni Motorsport and Zsolt Baumgartner. Zsolt, as test driver, was called by Jordan Grand Prix to participate in qualifying and race of Hungarian F1 Grand Prix, right his home race!
Coloni Motorsport is very proud of Zsolt's F1 debut, on his home circuit in front of his family, his supporters and his sponsors, and allowed with pleasure the Hungarian driver to drive for Jordan Grand Prix. Coloni Motorsport is glad to see another one of his drivers, the tenth in his history, making his F1 debut, with a team like Jordan, winner of Brazilian Gp with Giancarlo Fisichella.
Zsolt began his F1 career positively: Baumgartner, called by Jordan Grand Prix only at 12, was the first driver on track during the qualifying and, in spite of a still dirt and not very quick circuit, scored a time of 1.26.678 which is worth of the 19th position in grid.
In order to participate in Formula 1 Gp, Zsolt had to skip F3000 race, leaving Ricardo Sperafico as the sole Coloni driver.
Ricardo's race started very well, with the Brazilian who -- started from position four- was ready to attack the third place. Unfortunately a suspension got broken due to a high kerb and Ricardo had to give up before the time.
The race was won by Patrick Friesacher of Red Bull Junior Team, squad technically supported by Coloni Motorsport.
The next race is scheduled on September 13th , the Monza "Gran Finale", last event of 2003.
Zsolt Baumgartner : "It went quite well, I was quicker than Kiesa, although I was imagining to be in front of both Minardis, I'm not that far off Verstappen. I'm happy that I didn't make any mistakes on the track and this is a great opportunity for me. I'm upset about what happened to Ralph and pleased he's okay. I'm excited about the race tomorrow and want to finish without any mistakes. I'm the first Hungarian driver to race in Formula One and that's a big aim for my country because we've had a Grand Prix for eighteen years. Everyone's dream will come true now but I didn't think it would happen this soon, and at our home Grand Prix!"
Ricardo Sperafico, Ret : "Unluckily, because of a kerb, a suspension broke down right before the pit stop and I had to retire. What a shame, because, considering the car competitiveness, I would have finished on the podium. Now we are going to prepare Monza's race and I'm confident: we have all the possibilities to finish with a good result the championship".