Fiorio quits Minardi a second time

Minardi sporting director Cesare Fiorio has parted from the team for a second time

Fiorio quits Minardi a second time

The team described the decision as one of mutual consent. Fiorio, who rejoined the Italian Formula 1 outfit for a second time in January 1999, has left "owing to the lack of agreement relating to the strategic choices the team intended to carry out."

The decision is believed to be as a consequence of Minardi's imminent sale to Argentinian cable network PSN. No replacement has been named for Fiorio, whose CV includes Ferrari, Prost, Forti Corse and the Lancia World Rally Championship squad.

Meanwhile, sources say that if the PSN deal does go through, the company would want a Brazilian driver to join Argentinian driver Gaston Mazzacane. Sauber's Pedro Diniz and BAR's Riccardo Zonta are both said to be candidates.

Minardi is tipped to use customer Renault V10s next year, and looks like retaining the services of technical chief Gustav Brunner, despite overtures to the Austrian from at least two other teams.

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