Minardi tester brings in the cash

Italian Matteo Bobbi, who is scheduled to run a third car for Minardi at the San Marino Grand Prix in the Friday test session, has bought a deal reportedly worth $1million to the team's financially challenged status. Bobbi is also pencilled in to...

Italian Matteo Bobbi, who is scheduled to run a third car for Minardi at the San Marino Grand Prix in the Friday test session, has bought a deal reportedly worth $1million to the team's financially challenged status. Bobbi is also pencilled in to test in Spain, Austria and Italy.

"Obviously the package is not just the drive," said Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, according to Reuters. "He's got names on the car, passes and all the usual things that a million dollar sponsor would have."

Minardi is hoping to find other drivers willing to stump up the cash to take part in the Friday tests: "We'll be trying hard to put an American in at Indianapolis," Stoddart explained. "It comes down to money. We won't run someone with less than a quarter of a million dollars on a Friday because it just doesn't become economical for us."

The well-worn barriers of Monaco are unlikely to see a new face in a Minardi however, unless it's a driver with a proven track record: "Not unless it was a known driver," said Stoddart. "It would have to be someone who has undoubted credibility."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Matteo Bobbi
Teams Minardi