Wilson confirmed at Minardi

Justin Wilson has been confirmed as a Minardi driver for 2003, bringing the number of Brits in F1 next season to three

Wilson confirmed at Minardi

Wilson has signed a a one-year deal with an option for two more seasons with the F1 minnows, and the 2001 Formula 3000 champion was delighted to have finally secured the F1 drive he has targeted over the past couple of years.

"I'm extremely excited and am looking forward to the season," said Wilson, who's rumoured to be bringing £2 million in sponsorship to the team. "I'm very grateful to Paul Stoddart for having faith in me. The last two years have been tough, and I'm lucky to have so many good people who have stood by me. People like Jonathan Palmer, my parents and Paul."

Wilson has previously tested for Minardi and Jordan, but his 6ft3in frame had prevented him from racing an F1 car, however, next year's PS03 has been designed with him in mind.

"I had the chance to drive for Minardi earlier this year, but the first seat fitting didn't go so well. This time I fit in comfortably. It has always been difficult for me to fit comfortably into any single-seater."

The identity of the second Minardi driver remains unconfirmed, but Dutchman Christijan Albers is being tipped as the most likely candidate.

"It's very likely that he'll be part of the team in some capacity next season," said Stoddart. "What that will be will depend on budgetary commitments."

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