NOVEMBER 11, 1996
Minardi confirms Hart
GIANCARLO MINARDI has confirmed that the Minardi team will be using Brian Hart's V8 engines next season. The announcement is a big disappointment for Minardi who had hoped that a new alliance with Flavio Briatore would land the team a supply of Mugen Honda V10 engines.
It was the possibility of such a deal which convinced Minardi to ally himself with Briatore, who became the leading shareholder in the small Italian team.
A Hart deal is a marriage of convenience as the Minardi team needed engines and Hart was without a team to supply - having been dumped by TWR Arrows - but there seems to be little enthusiasm on either side for the new alliance.
Ironically, Minardi has been struggling to find a competitive engine since a deal he signed with Mugen Honda in the autumn of 1994 was canceled after Briatore managed to convince Mugen to break the contract and supply Ligier - which Briatore owned - instead. This left Minardi in enormous difficulty in 1995, using Ford V8 engines. Without any results that year Minardi had no choice but to stay with the same engines this year.
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