Minardi and title sponsor part company

Minardi and its title sponsor, Dutch bathroom company Wilux, have parted company after recent disagreements between the two. Minardi's sporting director John Walton passed away early this month and as a mark of respect the team removed its livery...

Minardi and its title sponsor, Dutch bathroom company Wilux, have parted company after recent disagreements between the two. Minardi's sporting director John Walton passed away early this month and as a mark of respect the team removed its livery at the British Grand Prix and ran with only Mr. Walton's name on the cars.

Wilux took a dim view of this, claiming Minardi boss Paul Stoddart did not consult them about the decision. However, there were other problems as well -- Wilux has not been impressed with the performance of Gianmaria Bruni and also complained about team drivers not wearing sponsor branded clothing.

"Due to irreconcilable differences concerning, among other things, the decision by Minardi to run without sponsorship livery in the 2004 British Grand Prix and the decision by Wilux not to adhere to contractual payments, sadly, the sponsorship agreement between Wilux and Minardi has been terminated today," said a statement from Minardi. "The Team wishes Wilux every success in the future."

Wilux is speculated to be interested in supporting Christijan Albers' bid to gain an F1 seat. The Dutch German Touring Car driver previously tested for Minardi and will test for Jordan at Silverstone in September. Albers is sponsored this year by Trust, the Dutch company that also sponsors Jordan.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Christijan Albers , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi , Jordan