Arrows Chassis Shines in Minardi's Comparison Test

The Minardi team today carried out at the Mugello circuit a comparative test between their current PS03 chassis and the old A23 car from the Arrows team.

Arrows Chassis Shines in Minardi's Comparison Test

The Minardi team today carried out at the Mugello circuit a comparative test between their current PS03 chassis and the old A23 car from the Arrows team.

Minardi bought the A23 chassis earlier this year when the defunct Arrows team's assets were auctioned. In 2002 the Arrows team used the same Cosworth engines as used by Minardi this season.

The A23, designed by Mike Coughlan who is now at McLaren, scored two points last year. Minardi, who are yet to score a point this year, said the revised chassis tested today is likely to form the basis of their 2004 Formula One challenger.

Today at the Mugello circuit, Dutchman Jos Verstappen and Dane teammate Nicolas Kiesa were at the wheel of both cars as the Anglo-Italian squad assess the potential of the former Arrows chassis.

Verstappen completed a total of 27 laps with each car, posting a fastest time of 1:25.439 with the current PS03 and a 1:25.622 with the PS04, which is how Minardi have called the revised Arrows chassis.

"I think this was a good test," said Verstappen. "We compared both cars, and by the end of the day, the PS03 was quicker by less than 0.2 sec. It would have been useful, however, if we could have spent a bit more time with the PS04 chassis in order to find a better set-up, as we started the day without really knowing anything about the car.

"We did some good work, though; the PS04 ran well and produced reasonably good lap times. I was also quite happy with the PS03 today on this track, which is very nice to drive on. To be honest, one day is really not enough time to carry out a thorough comparison, but it is a good start."

Kiesa, meanwhile, covered 19 laps with the PS03 with a quickest time of 1:28.455, although the Dane's best lap of the day was a 1:28.148 with the PS04.

"The team has done a useful day's testing here in Mugello with the PS03 and PS04," said team boss Paul Stoddart. "Some time was lost this morning while a gearbox problem was dealt with on the PS04, but then we did some solid running this afternoon.

"Ultimately, there was nothing in the lap times between the two cars, but it is clear there is substantial development potential in the PS04. We will now return to the factory and analyse the data we've gathered, which will help us decide the direction we are going to take with our 2004 car."

shares
comments
Montoya Outpaces Gene at Silverstone - Day One
Previous article

Montoya Outpaces Gene at Silverstone - Day One

Next article

Silverstone, day 1: Monty heads Gene

Silverstone, day 1: Monty heads Gene
Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment? Plus

Can Hamilton produce another Singapore magic moment?

The Singapore Grand Prix has, explains BEN EDWARDS, played an important role in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 career. As the series returns to the Marina Bay Street Circuit for the first time in three years, he faces the latest challenge with an underperforming Mercedes car

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals Plus

Why Sainz is key to Ferrari achieving its chairman's F1 goals

Although Ferrari's chances of title glory in 2022 have evaporated, chairman John Elkann expects the team to have chalked up both championships by 2026. Both require drivers to play the team game and, having now become more comfortable with the F1-75, Carlos Sainz may be Ferrari's key to title glory

Formula 1
Sep 27, 2022
How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes Plus

How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes

With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed

Formula 1
Sep 26, 2022
How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era Plus

How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era

STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2022
The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared Plus

The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared

Recent moves within the driver market have reminded MAURICE HAMILTON of a time when contracts weren’t worth the paper they weren’t written on…

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2022
Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing Plus

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing

It has been a long time coming but Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 is finally on the horizon for 2026. But it won’t be its first foray into grand prix racing, as the German manufacturer giant has a history both long and enthralling

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Plus

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward Plus

Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward

Lewis Hamilton’s words in a recent Vanity Fair interview define both his world-view and his approach to this season: one of perpetual struggle against adversity. As GP RACING explains, that’s what Lewis feeds off – and why, far from being down and nearly out, he’s using his unique skillset to spearhead Mercedes’ revival…

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022