Wednesday February 14th, 2001
A European Minardi spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that British driver Nigel Mansell has an agreement to drive the team's two-seater cars this season.
Mansell, a Formula One World Champion in 1992, is set to drive European Minardi's two-seater as part of their promotional activities, as revealed earlier today in Atlas F1's The Daily Grapevine.
European Minardi boss Paul Stoddart has dismissed reports that Mansell would race for the team in 2001, as they are yet to confirm their second driver to team-up with Fernando Alonso.
Stoddart said that having Mansell in the front seat of the two-seater car only, which will be used as a promotional tool for sponsors, will enhance the experience for the passenger.
The Birmingham-born former Formula One star last raced competitively in 1998, when he drove in three rounds of the British Touring Car championship. But he has not raced in Formula One since his aborted season with McLaren in 1995.
McLaren's version of the two-seater has given high profile rides at Grand Prix races with ex-F1 man and TV commentator Martin Brundle at the wheel.
Stoddart now has eight of his company's two-seater machines completed, and is hoping that Mansell will take part in multi-car high speed demonstrations of the cars.