After 20 years of glorious ‘failure’, the best-loved team in Formula One is consigned to the history books, and it deserves one of its own. Minardi had a successful time in Formula Two until the tiny Italian outfit was ready to hit the big time in 1985. It somehow survived in F1’s shark-infested waters as bigger teams (Lotus, Arrows, Tyrrell) were dragged under. They have a truly international fan-base and are the ‘second team’ of most F1 devotees. Minardi is held in such affection as everyone loves the plucky underdog – Minardi’s annual budget would have lasted one month at the other Italian team up the road. Yet, from its plant in Faenza near Bologna, Minardi has produced cars that qualify, sometimes score points and often lead the way in their technology. Gian Carlo Minardi also developed a reputation as a fabulous talent-spotter – Fisichella, Trulli, Webber and the youngest ever World Champion Alonso all started their F1 careers with Minardi. For the last five years, Minardi was owned by controversial Australian tycoon Paul Stoddart. Cast as David against the Goliath of F1’s governing body, Stoddart constantly hit the headlines as he tried to get a more equal share of the sport’s billions. Ultimately, he failed and Red Bull has now bought the team. Despite a petition of 15,000 names, the Minardi name has vanished from the F1 grid and true motorheads miss it. This is the one and only inside account, with exclusive, comprehensive interviews with bosses, drivers and engineers. 140 unique photos complete this revalationary tale.
Review by Jamie O'Leary for Autosport, 2008UK magazine Minardi were universally loved during their 20-year stint in F1 and now Simon Vigar has attempted to gather up the best bits in his new title, 'Forza Minardi!' Featuring interviews with Bernie Ecclestone, Fernando Alonso and the man himself Giancarlo Minardi, the book is well-researched and insightful - did you know for instance that Ayrton Senna, frustrated with the inter-team politics at McLaren, was weighing up a move to Minardi during the later stages of the 1989 season? If there is one criticism - and there is one - it's that half the book (65 out of 135 pages) is dedicated to the five years under Paul Stoddart's stewardship, leaving only the same amount of space to cover the 1985-2000 period, including Pierluigi Martini's famous lap in front at Estoril in '89. If you're one of those closet Minardi-istas, then it is recommended.
IntroductionAcknowledgementsPrologue-What was the point?Apprenticeship1985 - I wouldn't start from here (disastrous first season)1986 - Nervous breakdown (no improvement)1987 - Just when you thought ... (it didn't get better)1988 - Competing (first point)1989 - Leading (led GP, good results, momentum)1990 - Phoenix Nights (front row qualifier)1991 - Seventh Heaven (best championship finish)1992 - Power slide (dip)1993 - Monza flip (good points, F1's strangest crash)1994 - Michele & Martini (two favourite sons)1995 - Bits & pieces (anon season)1996 - Too many cooks (takeover)1997 - Rumi to manoeuvre (new boss)1998 - Much to young (unreliable driver)1999 - Raindance (close to glory)2000 - New millennium, old story (no money)2001- I come from a land down under (Aussie takeover)2002 - Much too Yoong (inexperienced driver)2003 - Going nuts in Brazil (close to victory)2004 - Back Indy points (point at US GP)2005 - Smelling the coffee (the end)EpilogueAppendix - Minardi results, season by season, finishes in both championships
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 15th March 2008
Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 25.4
Weight (kg): 1.09