Minardi signs Marques

FAENZA, ITALY, February 21, 2001 - European Minardi F1 today completes its driver line-up with the announcement that Brazilian, Tarso Marques, will partner Fernando Alonso for the 2001 season. The 25-year-old, from Curitiba, south of Sao ...

FAENZA, ITALY, February 21, 2001 - European Minardi F1 today completes its driver line-up with the announcement that Brazilian, Tarso Marques, will partner Fernando Alonso for the 2001 season. The 25-year-old, from Curitiba, south of Sao Paulo, brings useful Formula One experience to the team, having driven for Minardi in a total of 12 races during the 1996 and 1997 seasons, after two years in the FIA International Formula 3000 Championship. More recently, he has been competing in the US-based Champcar (CART) series, where he drove for the Penske (1999) and factory Swift (2000) teams.

"I am very pleased to be returning to Formula One, particularly as it is with European Minardi," comments Marques. "I know many of the people here from my races with the team in 1996 and 1997, so it is a little l k e coming home. At the same time, there is also a different feeling at the factoIy since the team now has a new owner, Paul Stoddart. There is a lot happening and it all seems very exciting, so I think this is a good place to be. I am really looking forward to driving in the World Championship again and helping the team to be as competitive as possible."

Paul Stoddart, Team Principal of European Minardi following his acquisition of the Italian-based squad in JanuaIy of this year, expressed himself pleased at the latest driver signing. "After considerable deliberation on the issue of European Minardi's second driver," he explains, "we have decided that Tarso best fulfils our requirement to have a pair of young drivers, one preferably with Formula One experience. There is the added benefit that he has driven for Minardi in the recent past, and therefore knows the team well. I think he and Fernando will form a strong driver pairing, so I'm veIy pleased with our 2001 line-up.

<pre> Tarso Marques

Born Curitiba (Parana), Brazil Date of birth January 19, 1976 Resides Faenza, Italy Height 1.76m Weight 74 kg Marital status single Hobbies water skiing, motor racing Favourite music rock (particularly the Rolling Stones) Favourite drink orange juice Favourite meal pasta

Racing career highlights 1987-91 Brazilian karting, regional championship, CuritibanoJParanaense,30 wins 1992 Formula Opel, Brazilian Championship, four wins, four pole positions 1993 Formula Three, Brazilian and South American Championships 1994 FIA International F3000 Championship (Vortex) 1995 FIA International F3000 Championship (DAMS), first Estoril, third Barcelona 1996 FIA Formula One World Championship Minardi Team (two races) 1997 FIA Formula One World Championship Minardi Team (ten races) 1999 CART Champcar Team Penske (six races) 2000 CART Champcar Swift (17 races) 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship - European Minardi F1 {TC} -Team Minardi

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Tarso Marques , Paul Stoddart
Teams Team Penske , DAMS , Minardi