Grapevine: Chinese Lee Set for Minardi Seat

China is on the verge of seeing one of its drivers get behind the wheel of a Formula One car in anger for the first time, with Formula BMW Asia Champion Marchy Lee understood to be close to agreeing a deal to become Minardi's third driver

Grapevine: Chinese Lee Set for Minardi Seat

According to an exclusive report in this week's Autosport magazine, Lee is set to join Christijan Albers and Patrick Friesacher as Minardi's third driver from the San Marino Grand Prix next month.

Although Nicolas Kiesa had been expected to land the Friday test-driving role, after failing to land the money needed to grab a race seat, it now appears that Lee had raised the necessary finance to clinch the deal before the Dane.

Lee, who comes from Hong Kong, began karting when he was 13 and has graduated through Formula Campus in France, French Formula Three, and F3 in Asia and Australia before dominating last year's Asian Formula BMW series.

Although Lee would be the first Chinese driver to get behind the wheel of an F1 car over a Grand Prix weekend, he will not be the first to actually test an F1 car. That honour went to previous Formula BMW Asia champion Ho Pin Tung, who tested for Williams last year.

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