The final vacancy in the 2005 F1 drivers’ lineup has been filled… Austrian Patrick Friesacher will partner Dutchman Christijan Albers at Minardi, the Faenza-based F1 minnows, this year.

The final vacancy in the 2005 F1 drivers’ lineup has been filled… Austrian Patrick Friesacher will partner Dutchman Christijan Albers at Minardi, the Faenza-based F1 minnows, this year.


The 24-year-old from Wolfsberg in Carinthia has previously tested for Minardi and participated in the team’s F1 two-seater events on several occasions, including last year’s F1x2 grand prix at Kyalami.


“For me, it is the realisation of a long-held dream to be in Formula One," Friesacher said. "I am also extremely happy that I will be making my debut in the World Championship with Minardi. I know many of the people in the team, and it really is just like a big family. There is a great atmosphere, and when you consider how many top F1 drivers have started their careers at Minardi, I can't think of a better place to start mine."


Minardi Team boss Paul Stoddart said: "We are very pleased to have signed Patrick. He impressed team personnel enormously when he tested for us at Misano in November, and he was undoubtedly one of the stars of the show at the memorable South African F1x2 Grand Prix at Kyalami last year."


"He's a quick, and equally importantly, consistent driver, who is also capable of providing good technical feedback to the engineers. I firmly believe the combination of Patrick and team mate Christijan Albers will provide Minardi with an extremely strong young driver line-up this season."

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