Stoddart seeks legal action to race

Minardi had to sit out the practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday and boss Paul Stoddart is seeking legal action to allow his team to race. It seems that Ferrari is still refusing to give its approval for the Faenza team to run...

Minardi had to sit out the practice sessions for the Australian Grand Prix on Friday and boss Paul Stoddart is seeking legal action to allow his team to race. It seems that Ferrari is still refusing to give its approval for the Faenza team to run its 2004 spec chassis, and now the race stewards have decided Minardi cannot use its cars.

"Ferrari haven't signed and we won't be running in this session," Stoddart said prior to the morning practice. Red Bull also did not approve of Minardi's cars but it and Jordan accepted that they are bound by the agreement of the previous bosses, given before those teams were taken over.

Stoddart said that he had spoken to Ferrari's Jean Todt but Todt had refused to sign the agreement. "He asked me to get (FIA race director) Charlie Whiting to present it to him. I did and Charlie doesn't feel it is his job," the Minardi boss explained.

After missing the second session due to the stewards' decision, Stoddart is taking legal action and will also try to adapt the cars ready for Saturday. He previously said the team does have 2005 spec bodywork but didn't want to use it as the parts are untested.

"We are going to seek the legal remedy," Stoddart told reporters at Albert Park in regard to the stewards' ruling. "We think we prepared an absolutely watertight case and that will be up to a judge now whether or not he sees it the same way. Obviously in tandem we will try to modify the cars as well."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari , Minardi , Jordan