Million man Wilson a bit confused…

Justin Wilson has confirmed that the unique share sale scheme pioneered by manager Jonathan Palmer has now topped the million pound mark

Million man Wilson a bit confused…

The scheme set out to sell shares in Justin Wilson PLC in an attempt to raise £1.2 million towards his drive at Minardi this season.

Wilson said in Barcelona: "We've had a tremendous response and we're not far off the target now. We're up to a million and fifty thousand pounds as of last week. It's quite an amazing feeling to have that many people supporting you and wanting to be involved in a driver. It's been great."

Not so great was Wilson's enthusiasm for his qualifying lap which, although the car felt fine, saw him end the session bottom of the pile, some 0.9s adrift of his morning free practice time. "We'll check through the data and see where we lost the time," he said.

Although a bit confused about it, it's not a phenomenon unknown to Barcelona, as team-mate Jos Verstappen pointed out. "Anyone who knows this circuit and it's characteristics will tell you that it's at its fastest between 0930 and 1100am and it's then very difficult to get near those times during the heat of the afternoon."

It wasn't meant to sound like a pop at his team-mate. Wilson has not had the opportunity to learn the characteristics of Barcelona for the simple reason that Minardi has not done a test day this year since the pre-Melbourne shakedown. "At a track where so many other teams test so extensively, it's been hurting us a lot," said team boss Paul Stoddart.

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