Swindon, UK, SUNDAY 20th April 2003: Martin Kendrick, Team Principal of Brand Motorsports, has announced that the team has terminated the services of Nicolas Minassian. The team's management made the decision jointly immediately following the ...
Swindon, UK, SUNDAY 20th April 2003: Martin Kendrick, Team Principal of Brand Motorsports, has announced that the team has terminated the services of Nicolas Minassian.
The team's management made the decision jointly immediately following the Thursday qualifying session but the outcome not communicated to Nicolas until after the race and the teams return to the UK.
Martin Kendrick said that the team had talks at Imola with a replacement driver who was in the running for a seat earlier in the year until his budget fell through. This driver may be announced later this week.
Martin Kendrick said that the main reason for the decision was based on the behaviour of Nicolas in the pit lane during free practice and qualifying and it would not have been over turned even if he had won the race on Saturday. He went on to say that when things are going well for Nicolas he is the nicest guy you could ever wish to meet, but when they are not, he is a completely different person.
During the free practice session on Thursday Kendrick said Nicolas threatened a team member, which is clearly unacceptable behaviour from a professional driver or anyone else for that matter and the team had to make an immediate decision.
Nicolas needs to curb his temper as he has already had problems in his F3 days when he lost the championship, but many thought that this behaviour was behind him.
Earlier in the week leading up to the race, Nicolas decided he did not wish to do F3000 again but this decision was later withdrawn and he said he wanted to do the season with the team.
Kendrick went on to say that he was very disappointed at this outcome as, until this incident, he had considered Nicolas a friend and one who would be a long term member of the team.