Grapevine: Stoddart Runs Minardi by Remote

Minardi chief Paul Stoddart ran his Formula One team by remote control at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday after being grounded by illness in Australia

Grapevine: Stoddart Runs Minardi by Remote

The Australian aviation entrepreneur was halfway through a week-long course of antibiotics in Melbourne as his drivers prepared for the fifth round of the season at the Circuit de Catalunya.

"It hasn't been the best of weekends," Stoddart told Reuters by telephone. "It's the first time I've missed a race in five years and one of only a handful I've missed in 10.

"I've been doing an awful lot of faxes, phone calls and e-mails. We're okay. I'm just frustrated more than anything else."

Team manager and sporting director Massimo Rivola and chief engineer Andy Tilley provided the leadership with guidance from team founder Gian Carlo Minardi.

"I've been speaking to the drivers each day but it's completely different on the telephone," said Stoddart.

The Australian was in Melbourne last week promoting his new budget airline. He said doctors had advised him not to fly to Spain but he would be back for the Monaco Grand Prix on May 22.

"I'll be in Monaco if I have to swim," he said.

 

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