Minardi PS01

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Minardi PS01
Minardi Ps01.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Minardi
Designer(s) Gustav Brunner
Predecessor M02
Successor PS02
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) pullrod-activated torsion springs, carbon-wrapped titanium wishbones
Suspension (rear) pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, carbon-wrapped titanium wishbones
Engine European V10 (72°) naturally aspirated
Transmission Minardi 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Elf
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants European Minardi F1
Notable drivers 20. Brazil Tarso Marques
20. Malaysia Alex Yoong
21. SpainFernando Alonso
Debut 2001 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles Fastest laps
17 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Minardi PS01 was the car with which the Minardi team competed in the 2001 Formula One season. It was initially driven by Tarso Marques, who returned to the team after last driving an F1 car in 1997, and Fernando Alonso, a rookie who had graduated from Formula 3000 and was in a long-term contract to Flavio Briatore's driver management scheme.

The PS01 marked a new beginning for Minardi. The chassis designation referred to the fact that it was the first car to be races under the ownership of Paul Stoddart, who had bought the team from the terminally-ill Gabriele Rumi only two months before the first race of the season. In between, the PS01 was hurriedly built, with Marques' car still being assembled at the Australian GP. The car was a tidy, efficient design by Gustav Brunner, but it was hamstrung by a lack of testing and horsepower from an elderly engine (which was badged "European", after Stoddart's aviation company).

Despite this lack of preparation, the cars were surprisingly competitive, with Marques only failing to qualify once and future champion Alonso able to compete in the lower reaches of the midfield. However, the team scored no points and were hit hard when Brunner defected to the fledgling Toyota F1 team mid-season. As the season drew to a close, the frustrated Marques agreed to leave the team, allowing the well-funded Alex Yoong to become Malaysia's first F1 driver.

The team also raced an updated car, featuring a revised rear end and gearbox, from the Belgian GP onwards. This chassis was designated as the Minardi PS01B.

The team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.

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
2001 Minardi European V10* M AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 0 NC
Tarso Marques Ret 14 9 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 Ret 15 DNQ Ret Ret 13
Alex Yoong Ret Ret 16
Fernando Alonso 12 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 14 17 16 10 Ret Ret 13 Ret 11

* Denotes Ford-built engines, badged as European

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