Minardi to keep both bases

Minardi will continue to operate from both Italy and the UK for the foreseeable future confirmed team boss Paul Stoddart. The Australian businessman had thought about relocating to the UK after he bought Minardi just before the start of the 2001...

Minardi will continue to operate from both Italy and the UK for the foreseeable future confirmed team boss Paul Stoddart. The Australian businessman had thought about relocating to the UK after he bought Minardi just before the start of the 2001 but has now decided to keep the base in Faenza, Italy as well as the one in Ledbury, England.

"To be honest, when I first bought the team I thought perhaps after a couple of years I might relocate it to England just from a logistics point of view," said Stoddart. "But I very quickly discovered that the best asset that I bought was the actual workforce."

"They are so dedicated and so professional, and there is absolutely no chance of us relocating from Faenza. We've got a dedicated team of people that produce miracles on the budget that they are given and I wouldn't change that for anything."

Minardi is due to hold a press conference at Heathrow, London tomorrow morning where it's expected at least one of the team's 2003 drivers will be announced. Although Jos Verstappen has been strongly linked to Minardi recently, as well as fellow Dutchman Christijan Albers, it's reported that it will be Justin Wilson who is being confirmed.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jos Verstappen , Justin Wilson , Christijan Albers , Paul Stoddart
Teams Minardi