Minardi M02

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Minardi M02
Mazzacane en Minardi F1 2000.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Minardi
Designer(s) Gustav Brunner
Predecessor M01
Successor PS01
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon fibre composite structure
Suspension (front) double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear) double wishbones, pushrod
Engine rear-mounted Fondmetal Cosworth 72-degree Normally aspirated V10
Transmission Minardi titanium six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Elf
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Telefónica Minardi Fondmetal
Notable drivers 20. Spain Marc Gené
21. Argentina Gastón Mazzacane
Debut 2000 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

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.[1] 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.[2] 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,[3] 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.[4]


Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2000 Minardi Fondmetal V10 B AUS BRA SMR GBR ESP EUR MON CAN FRA AUT GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN MAL 0 NC
Marc Gené 8 Ret Ret 14 14 Ret Ret 16 15 8 Ret 15 14 9 12 Ret Ret
Gastón Mazzacane Ret 10 13 15 15 8 Ret 12 Ret 12 11 Ret 17 10 Ret 15 13

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mazzacane and Alonso join Gene at Minardi". grandprix.com. 2000-02-21. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  2. ^ "Formula 1 results archive". FIA. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  3. ^ "Minardi lose Telefonica backing". BBC News. 2000-10-17. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Australian tycoon buys Formula One team Minardi". The Independent. 2001-01-30. Retrieved 2010-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Formula 1 results archive–Minardi 2000". FIA. Retrieved 2010-12-12.