Wednesday June 6th, 2001
Former Grand Prix star Gianni Morbidelli has denied suggestions that he is about to replace Brazilian Tarso Marques at European Minardi, but admitted he would jump at the chance if given the opportunity.
The Italian, who is currently racing in the European Touring Car series, said he has not been approached by Minardi but he admitted he would like to return to Grand Prix racing even as a test driver.
"I have not received a call from Minardi," he said. "But if tomorrow they call me, I am ready. I feel young and even more motivated than four years ago.
"In my mind it has always been my intention to come back into Formula One. I think it would be good for me. It is my objective and even to test would be good for me."
Morbidelli, 33, competed in 70 Grands Prix before leaving Formula One at the end of the 1997 season. He has driven for the Dallara, Minardi, Footwork and Sauber teams, and he also replaced Alain Prost at Ferrari for the 1991 Australian Grand Prix.