Wilson: My Minardi is tailor made

Formula 1 rookie Justin Wilson will have his final seat fitting in Minardi's 2003 grand prix challenger next Monday, safe in the knowledge that his 6ft 3ins frame will fit in the car

Wilson: My Minardi is tailor made

Speaking at the AUTOSPORT International show in Birmingham's NEC today (Thursday), Wilson said that the cockpit dimensions of the Minardi PS03 will accommodate him.

"They took my frame into consideration when they built the car," he said. "It has been laid out slightly better for me, so my feet and heels are further away. Externally, the car is still the same size."

Wilson revealed the background to his abortive grand prix debut, when he was scheduled to replace Alex Yoong in the Hungarian and Belgian grands prix.

"I fit perfectly in the PS01, and they told me the PS02 was bigger," he said. "When I tried to get in it, I knew straight away it wasn't going to happen. But Paul [Stoddart, the Minardi team boss] said he would build the 2003 car to allow me to drive it, and he was true to his word. What happened then seems to have made everyone even more determined about this year."

Wilson also revealed his aims for 2003: "We have to wait and see how competitive we are, and whether that moves us up the grid only time will tell. The realistic goal is to score points on a regular basis. The amount of times that Mark [Webber] finished just outside the points was frustrating, but with points down to eighth this year, we hope we'll be in that region."

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