Wilson fits in new Minardi

It's official, Justin Wilson does fit in his new Minardi-Cosworth after having his initial seat fitting at the team's Faenza base in Italy yesterday (Tuesday). Newly signed team-mate Jos Verstappen was scheduled to have his today

Wilson fits in new Minardi

Although the Minardi PS03 is not yet finished, the Briton was able to climb into the monocoque without problems. "There was never really an issue with movement of my arms and legs," said Wilson, "it was more to do with fitting comfortably inside the regulations - which we now do. Having said that, it is a much comfier seating position."

There is still no indication of when the PS03 will roll-out for the first time but Wilson is confident that it will be before the teams fly to Australia on March 8. "The team is very busy working hard to get the car ready," he said, "and the indications I've been given are that it will be ready in plenty of time before the first race.

"The biggest thing these days is to get track time and it would make a huge difference to us if we can run the cars before the start of the season so that we can learn as much as we can before Melbourne."

Wilson is hoping to get an outing in last year's Minardi before the end of the month so that he can acclimatise himself further with the working conditions of Formula 1 and his new team. It is not clear whether that car would be fitted with a Cosworth engine or not.

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