Problems for Baumgartner?

Problems for Baumgartner?

Zsolt Baumgartner signed for Minardi at the end of last year to complete the team's line up alongside Gianmaria Bruni but it seems the Hungarian's seat is not yet secure. Baumgartner's sponsor Mol Rt reportedly believed he would be signing with ...

Zsolt Baumgartner signed for Minardi at the end of last year to complete the team's line up alongside Gianmaria Bruni but it seems the Hungarian's seat is not yet secure. Baumgartner's sponsor Mol Rt reportedly believed he would be signing with Jordan, for whom he raced in two Grands Prix last year when Ralph Firman was out of action.

Zsolt Baumgartner.
Photo by Jordan Grand Prix.
According to the Hungarian press, Mol Rt has now changed its stance on the sponsorship deal and wants performance-related guarantees from Baumgartner in order to provide the finances. As Minardi spends most of its time outside of the points, this would seem a tall order.

Baumgartner's manager Tamas Frank is concerned that the demands of Mol Rt are impossible to meet and will effectively put an end to Zsolt competing in F1 this year. The sponsor, however, says it will continue to support Baumgartner if his representatives are able to "give the financial guarantees asked of them". What those guarantees might be have not been disclosed.

Minardi recently denied there were any problems, saying a contract was in place and Baumgartner would not have been confirmed if that was not the case.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Gianmaria Bruni , Zsolt Baumgartner , Ralph Firman
Teams Minardi , Jordan