Kiesa in Minardi frame

Former Minardi F1 driver Nicolas Kiesa could make a return to the team in 2005. The Danish driver, who replaced Justin Wilson in the Minardi team for five races last year, is in the running alongside Zsolt Baumgartner for a seat

Kiesa in Minardi frame

Kiesa is reported to have generated funding for a seat after sitting out 2004 season.

Zsolt Baumgartner, who completed the 2004 season for Minardi and scored a point at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, is believed to have secured more cash from Hungary and is pushing hard for the drive.

Whoever gets the seat team owner Paul Stoddart has indicated that the decision will be driven by budget: "I hope to have Zsolt back in the car in 2005 but it's all subject to commercial decisions," he told Reuters. "There's no point beating about the bush, it's going to come down to budget."

Stoddart has also hinted that the second seat may be filled by a Ducth driver. DTM star Christijan Albers and F3000 race winner Robert Doornbos both tested for Jordan last week and are obvious candidates for the drive, while another former Minardi driver Jos Verstappen took part in the team's mammoth test at Misano two week's ago.

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