Gastón Mazzacane in the M02
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre composite structure|
|Suspension (front)||double wishbones, pushrod|
|Suspension (rear)||double wishbones, pushrod|
|Engine||Mid-mounted Fondmetal Cosworth 72-degree Normally aspirated V10|
|Transmission||Minardi titanium six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential|
|Notable entrants||Telefónica Minardi Fondmetal|
|Notable drivers||20. Marc Gené
21. Gastón Mazzacane
|Debut||2000 Australian Grand Prix|
The Minardi M02 was the car with which the Minardi Formula One team competed in the 2000 Formula One season. It was driven by the young Spaniard Marc Gené, in his second year with the team, and the Argentine rookie pay-driver Gastón Mazzacane. As ever, the car was a neat and tidy design, but hampered by a lack of power and testing mileage. The new yellow colour scheme turned heads, but did little to improve the team's fortunes, as they eventually finished a de facto tenth in the constructors' championship, with no points but ahead of Prost due to a better finishing record. The team therefore qualified for some of the sport's television revenues in 2001.
At the end of the year, Telefonica pulled out of sponsoring the team, while Fondmetal boss Gabriele Rumi was forced to sell the team due to ill health, leaving team founder Giancarlo Minardi with the task of finding the budget for 2001. Fortunately, the team was eventually bought by the Australian entrepreneur, Paul Stoddart.
In 2014 British F1 engineering company TDF rebuilt chassis 1 and 2 for demonstration use. Chassis 2 was displayed and ran at speed on circuit at Zandvoort 'Festival Italia' driven by Jan Lammers. This was the first time an M02 chassis had run in public since 2001.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
- "Mazzacane and Alonso join Gene at Minardi". grandprix.com. 2000-02-21. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Formula 1 results archive". FIA. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Minardi lose Telefonica backing". BBC News. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Australian tycoon buys Formula One team Minardi". The Independent. 2001-01-30. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
- "Formula 1 results archive–Minardi 2000". FIA. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
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