Renault Drivers Pay Tribute to Minardi

Renault drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Fernando Alonso have paid tribute to the Minardi team, with which they each made their Formula One racing debut, as the Italian team faces their last Grand Prix before moving to the hands of Red Bull

Renault Drivers Pay Tribute to Minardi

The Austrian company purchased Minardi from current owner Paul Stoddart with the aim of establishing a junior team to Red Bull Racing. And after 21 seasons in Formula One, the last privateer team will be gone, and its name likely changed too.

Fisichella, who made his F1 debut with Minardi in 1996, and Alonso, who drove his first F1 season with Minardi in 2001, both admitted the Chinese Grand Prix will mark for them the end of an era.

"I am very sad to see them go," Fisichella said. "My first test was there, my first F1 race too, and I have to say thank you to Giancarlo Minardi for the opportunity. The atmosphere was fantastic, with the Italian mechanics, and we laughed all the time. It is a great team, and they will always have a place in my heart."

Spaniard Alonso added: "I think Minardi has always been an example for a lot of people. It is not the power of money that gives them their fighting spirit, it is the power of the people. They were a good thing for F1: now, it is often all about business, but with Minardi, everything was just about motor racing."

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