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Address(s) Via Spallanzani 21(ZI), 48018 Faenza, Italy
Web Official Site in Italian
E-Mail team@minardi.it
Team Principals Paul Stoddart AUS (2001-2005)
Giancarlo Minardi ITA (1979-2000)
Gabriele Rumi ITA (1997-2000)
Flavio Briatore ITA (1996-1997)
Giuseppe Lucchini ITA (1993-1996)
Giacomo Caliri ITA (1980-1989)
Designers Gabriele Tredozi ITA (1994-1997; 2004-2005)
Mariona Alperin ITA (1996)
Gustav Brunner GER (1993-1994; 1998-2001)
Aldo Costa ITA (1989-1996)
Rene Hilhorst NEL (1989-1992, 1994-95)
Tommaso Carletti ITA (1989-1990)
Nigel Copperthwaite GBR (1989)
Giacomo Caliri ITA (1985-1988)

The most Italian of all F1 teams was founded in 1979 by Giancarlo Minardi after running customer Formula 2 cars under the banner "Scuderia Everest" since 1972. He commissioned his own car, designed by Giacomo Caliri and powered by a BMW engine, and had some success with young drivers like Michele Alboreto, Alessandro Nannini, Pierluigi Martini and Johnny Cecotto.

During 1984 the team began work on a F1 car to be powered by an Alfa Romeo V8 turbo but when engine designer Carlo Chiti departed to set u hs own company, Motori Moderni, the fledgling F1 team became their sole customer for the new V6 turbo. Unfortunately the engine was not ready for the beginning of the 1985 season and they hurriedly converted the M185 chassis to use the venerable Ford Cosworth DFV for the first two Grand Prix, neither of which they finished. The turbo engine made its debut at round three in Imola and lasted 14 laps followed by a failure to qualify at Monaco. Pilot Pierluigi Martini also had several accidents and the team finished just three races, all several laps down.

Minardi was undeterred and in 1986 expanded the operation to two cars, led by veteran Andrea de Cesaris and paired with his former F2 driver Alessandro Nannini.

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Pierluigi Martini at the 1985 German GP Luis Perez-Sala at the 1988 Monaco GP Andrea de Cesaris at Imola during the 1986 San Marino GP

Year Chassis Engine Tyre # / Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
1985 M185 Cosworth DFV V8
Motori Moderni V6t
PI 29 Martini 15 0 0 0 0 -
1986 M186
M185B
Motori Moderni V6t PI 23 DeCesaris
24 Nannini
15 0 0 0 0 -
1987 M186B Motori Moderni V6t GY 23 Campos
24 Nannini
16 0 0 0 0 -
1988 M188 Cosworth DFZ V8 GY 23 Martini / Campos
24 Sala
14 0 0 0 1 10th
1989 M189
M188B
Cosworth DFR V8 PI 23 Martini
24 Sala / Barilla
16 0 0 0 6 11th

Alessandro Nannini at the 1987 US GP East - Detroit Luis Perez-Sala at the 1989 San Marino GP Paulo Barilla at the 1990 San Marino GP Pierluigi Martini at 1991 Portugese GP

Year Chassis Engine Tyre Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
1990 M190
M189B
Cosworth DFR V8 PI 23 Martini
24 Morbidelli / Barilla
16 0 0 0 0 -
1991 M191 Ferrari 037 V12 GY 23 Martini
24 Morbidelli / Moreno
16 0 0 0 6 7th
1992 M192
M191L
Lamborghini 3512 V12 GY 23 Fittipaldi / Zanardi
24 Morbidelli
15 0 0 0 1 11th
1993 M193 Ford HB6 V8 GY 23 Fittipaldi / Gounon
24 Barbazza / Martini
16 0 0 0 7 8th
1994 M194 Ford HB6 V8 GY 23 Martini
24 Alboreto
16 0 0 0 5 10th
1995 M195 Cosworth ED V8 GY 23 Martini / Lamy
24 Badoer
17 0 0 0 1 10th
1996 M195B Cosworth ED V8 GY 20 Lamy
21 Fisichella / Marques / Lavaggi
16 0 0 0 0 -
1997 M197 Hart 830 V8 GY 20 Katayama
21 Trulli / Marques
17 0 0 0 0 -
1998 M198 Ford P6 V10 BS 22 Tuero
23 Nakano
16 0 0 0 0 -
1999 M01 Ford VJ V10 BS 20 Badoer
21 Gene
16 0 0 0 1 9th

Gianni Morbidelli at 1992 British GP Fabrizio Barbazza - 1993 South African GP Michele Alboreto at Canadian GP 1994 Luca Bodoer at 1995 Hungarian GP
Pedro Lamy at the 1996 Portugese GP Shinji Nakano at Monaco in 1997 Esteban Tuero at the 1998 Canadian GP Luca Badoer - German GP 1999

Year Chassis Engine Tyre Drivers Start Win Pole F Lap Pts Pos
2000 M02 Fondmetal VJ2 V10 BS 20 Gene
21 Mazzacane
17 0 0 0 0 -
2001 PS01B
PS01
European VJ3 V10 MI 20 Marques / Yoong
21 Alonso
17 0 0 0 0 -
2002 PS02 AsiaTech AT02 V10 MI 22 Yoong / Davidson
23 Webber
17 0 0 0 2 9th
2003 PS03 Cosworth CR3 V10 MI 18 Wilson / Kiesa
19 Verstappen
16 0 0 0 0 -
2004 PS04B Cosworth CR3L V10 MI 20 Bruni  
21 Baumgartner
TD Leinders
18 0 0 0 1 10th
2005 PS05
PS04B
Cosworth CR3L V10 MI 20 Friesacher / Doornbos
21 Albers
TD Nissany / Toccacelo
19 0 0 0 7 10th
       

TOTALS

340 0 0 0 38  

 

Marc Gene at Canadian GP 2000 Fernando Alonso at the 2001 Canadian GP Mark Webber on his way to 2 points at the 2002 Australian GP

Christian Fittipaldi in the 1992 Minardi-Lamborghini Launch of the Minardi  M197 The 1996 M195B-Ford

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