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Minardi PS03
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMinardi
Designer(s)Gabriele Tredozi (Technical Director)
George Ryton (Chief Designer)
Loïc Bigois (Chief Aerodynamicist)
PredecessorPS02
SuccessorPS04B
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front)Upper/lower composite-reinforced wishbones, pushrod-activated torsion springs, mechanical anti-roll bars
Suspension (rear)Upper/lower composite-reinforced wishbones, pushrod-activated torsion rockers, mechanical anti-roll bars
Length4,548 mm (179 in)
Width1,800 mm (71 in)
Height950 mm (37 in)
Axle trackFront: 1,480 mm (58 in)
Rear: 1,410 mm (56 in)
Wheelbase3,097 mm (122 in)
EngineCosworth CR-3 2,998 cc (183 cu in) V10 (72°) naturally aspirated mid-mounted
TransmissionMinardi 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
BatteryMidac
Power805 hp @ 17,500 rpm[1]
Weight600 kg (1,323 lb)
FuelElf
LubricantsElf, CPC
BrakesBrembo 6-piston calipers, carbon discs and pads
TyresBridgestone Potenza
Competition history
Notable entrantsEuropean Minardi Cosworth
Trust Minardi Cosworth
Notable drivers18. United Kingdom Justin Wilson
18. Denmark Nicolas Kiesa
19. Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Debut2003 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The Minardi PS03 is a Formula One car used by the Minardi team during the 2003 Formula One season.

The PS03 was the third Minardi car to be created under the influence of Paul Stoddart and he wanted it to be a regular point scorer. Justin Wilson and Jos Verstappen were the drivers, with Nicolas Kiesa as the test driver. The highlight of the season for the team was Verstappen's fastest time on Friday at Magny Cours, however this was only because it rained. Surprisingly, even though the team had many retirements; Wilson only finishing 2 of his first 8 races, the Cosworth engines were reliable, they never caused the driver to retire. What caused Wilson to retire these 6 times was; 3 holed radiators, physical issues and a recurring refuelling glitch. The end result was last in the Constructors' Championship with no points.

One of the main problems Minardi always had with the car was the lack of wind-tunnel testing, only managing 12 days in the Fondmetal windtunnel.

Pre-season issues

At first the team appeared to have no sponsors, engines or tyres. Michelin had pulled out of the team leaving Minardi to run some pre-season tests on Avon tyres. Asiatech engines were gone, as was the previous year's sponsorship from Kuala Lumpur due to Alex Yoong's departure to Champ Car. This left Minardi in some serious problems. Eventually Bridgestone agreed to make the tyres, and with the help of new driver Jos Verstappen they managed to get sponsorship from Trust. European Aviation, (Stoddart's own company) put up sponsorship as did various other small companies for small sums of money, including Gazprom, who reportedly did not pay.[citation needed] After snubbing a Ferrari engine deal,[citation needed] Minardi also managed to get Cosworth engines, old 72 degree V10's, un-tuned and similar to those being used in the Jordan of that season but these were slightly longer. There was initially no title sponsor until the Dutch company Trust joined the team for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix and thus competing the Juventus-inspired white and black livery.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
2003 European Minardi Cosworth Cosworth V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN 0 10th
Justin Wilson Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16
Nicolas Kiesa 12 13 12 11 16
Jos Verstappen 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15

References

  • Henry, Alan (ed.) (2003). AUTOCOURSE 2003-2004. Hazleton Publishing Ltd. pp. 80–81. ISBN 1-903135-20-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
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