Honda F1 website

DECEMBER 16, 2004

The Minardi trial

A trial is going ahead in Italy at the moment involving Giancarlo Minardi and his accountant Stefano Sangiorgio relating to illegal activities in relation to sponsorship deals in the 1990s. Minardi says that he is innocent but that there may have been activities related to the team which were not necessarily above board at the time. Whatever the case the trial will have no effect on the current Minardi operation because it does not relate to the team itself. The team took advantage of a tax amnesty in 2001 to settle up outstanding tax questions with the Italian authorities. The team is still looking for its drivers for next year and is understood to be talking to seven different drivers about work in 2005. It is not clear who is on the list but it seems that Christjian Albers is certainly one of them.