Nicolas Kiesa looks certain to face fresh disappointment in getting himself back in the Formula One cockpit, with his sponsors running out of time to get the funds required to land him the third driver seat at Minardi for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
The Dane, who had been in contention for the second race seat before Patrick Friesacher came up with the money, had been set for the Friday role but team boss Paul Stoddart admitted on Tuesday that he may have to stick to running just two cars in Melbourne.
Kiesa could still get a chance to run in Australia if his sponsors come up with the money in time, but it is more than likely that he will have to wait until the Malaysian Grand Prix to make his return to F1 action.
Sauber is the only other team that will not make use of the third car in Australia, because it does not have the necessary funds or infrastructure to justify the move.
Of the teams running a third driver, McLaren will use Pedro de la Rosa, Red Bull Racing will use Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toyota will use Ricardo Zonta and Jordan will use Robert Doornbos.
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