Stoddart: Irvine Not a Serious Bidder

Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has quashed speculation that former Grand Prix driver Eddie Irvine is lining up a bid for his hard-up Formula One team

Stoddart: Irvine Not a Serious Bidder

"I spoke to Eddie in Monaco and I've had a few telephone calls since but if you are asking me whether Eddie Irvine is a serious buyer of Minardi, then no," the Australian told Reuters at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Friday.

"Have there been any serious discussions? No. Have there been any discussions? Yes, but there always are. There's nothing untoward in that.

"There are always potential buyers around, I'm up to number 37 now," he added.

"I know it sounds very dismissive, and I don't mean to be that way, but not all the people that come to you have the ability (to buy).

"This isn't the case with Irvine but you have some strange characters that want to buy a Formula One team and...I don't have the time to waste."

Former Ferrari driver Irvine, who retired in 2002, has been seen at several Grands Prix this season and has been linked to both Jordan and Minardi.

According to media reports, the Northern Irishman is acting as a go-between for Russian banking and vodka entrepreneur Roustam Tariko.

Stoddart said he had never met Tariko.

"That's not to say I wouldn't, I just haven't," he said.

"The team's always been for sale since 2001 if someone comes along who can do better with the team, and I can see security for the guys and they can do better than me," added the aviation entrepreneur.

"I would not think twice about a manufacturer because it's what Minardi needs long term. But am I desperate to sell it? Categorically not.

"Am I interested in selling it? Not really. So unless the right offer from the right people comes along, you'll have to put up with me for a few more years yet."

That comment will be of interest to Max Mosley, head of the sport's governing body, after Stoddart told reporters recently that he would turn his back on Formula One unless the FIA president stood down.

"We'll see what happens with Max," said Stoddart. "We're in a peace in our time process at the moment and let's hope it lasts for the sake of Formula One, never mind Max Mosley or Paul Stoddart."

shares
comments
A Deal is a Deal, Williams Tells Button
Previous article

A Deal is a Deal, Williams Tells Button

Next article

Wurz Fastest in Practice 1 - Hungary

Wurz Fastest in Practice 1 - Hungary
Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone? Plus

Could mixed fortunes for F1's leading Brits turn around at Silverstone?

For the first time in many years, none of the local racers starts among the favourites for the British Grand Prix. But George Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris could have reasons for optimism

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return Plus

Verstappen exclusive: Why F1’s champion isn’t fazed by Silverstone return

Max Verstappen is the world’s number one racing driver… and he’s determined to keep it that way. Speaking exclusively to GP Racing's OLEG KARPOV, the Red Bull driver explains why he’s relishing the 2022 championship battle with Charles Leclerc – and why he’s not worried about returning to Silverstone, the scene of the biggest accident of his career last year

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team Plus

Why Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar can help its F1 team

On Tuesday, Red Bull laid out its plans to develop and build a new hypercar - the RB17 - penned by Adrian Newey. As the project itself sates Newey as a creative outlet, it also offers Red Bull's Formula 1 team a number of new and exciting avenues to pursue

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone Plus

What to expect from Mercedes as F1 returns to Silverstone

OPINION: The British Grand Prix is a home event for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, with their Mercedes team based just a few miles away too. But there’s another reason why the Silver Arrows squad is eager to arrive at Silverstone this weekend, which may help it fix its remaining problems with its 2022 Formula 1 challenger

Formula 1
Jun 29, 2022
The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title Plus

The “solemn promise” that cost quiet hero Brooks an F1 title

After two terrifying crashes, one of the best British racers of the 1950s retired before his career peaked. But that’s why GP Racing’s MAURICE HAMILTON was able to speak to Tony Brooks in 2014. Like his friend Stirling Moss, Brooks was regarded as one of the best drivers never to have won the world championship. Here, as our tribute to Brooks who died last month, is that interview in full

Formula 1
Jun 27, 2022
Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised Plus

Inside the Faenza facility where AlphaTauri’s F1 pragmatic vision is realised

AlphaTauri’s mission in F1 is to sell clothes and train young drivers rather than win the championship – but you still need a cutting-edge factory to do that. Team boss Franz Tost takes GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV on a guided tour of a facility that’s continuing to grow

Formula 1
Jun 26, 2022
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022