Minardi Rely on New Car to Up Game

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart breathed a sigh of relief on Sunday afternoon when Patrick Friesacher and Christijan Albers finally ended the career of their PS04Bs with race finishes in the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of the expected introduction of the team's new car in Imola

Minardi Rely on New Car to Up Game

After three uncompetitive outings in the updated 2004 car, which has had to be hastily modified to fit in with the 2005 aerodynamic regulations, the team are adamant that the new car should give them a chance of jumping ahead of rivals Jordan.

Speaking after Friesacher and Albers finished 12th and 13th respectively, Stoddart said: "This was a fitting finish to the career of the PS04, with both Minardi entries taking the chequered flag in gruelling conditions.  Patrick and Christijan found themselves struggling towards the end of the race, but persevered. 

"We now move on to Imola with the introduction of the new car in sight and, hopefully, the start of improved Minardi performance in 2005."

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