Minardi: PS05 Not Yet Ready

Minardi are not certain they will test the new PS05 this week despite driver Christijan Albers stating he would be driving the new car this Friday

Minardi: PS05 Not Yet Ready

Reports in the Netherlands over the weekend said Minardi would be rolling out their new challenger at the end of this week, with Albers scheduled to test it for the first time on Friday in Mugello.

"Friday will be an important day for the Minardi team," Albers was quoted as saying. "The first outing of the PS05 will be a special moment for the entire team."

But a team spokesman told Autosport-Atlas that Albers' prediction may have been premature.

"No, it's not strictly speaking accurate," the spokesman said. "The guys at the factory are pushing really hard to get the chassis ready. And, if it's ready by the end of the week, we'll obviously give it a shake down in one of the closer tracks to our factory [in Italy].

"But there is absolutely no guarantee that we'll be out testing with it this week. When we are ready, we'll issue an announcement. To be honest, it's just some people jumping the gun."

Minardi are hoping to hold a launch of the new car on Thursday in Imola, before the San Marino Grand Prix.

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