Minardi rule out Verstappen

Jos Verstappen will not drive for Minardi in the 2004 Formula One championship according to his sponsors.

Jos Verstappen will not drive for Minardi in the 2004 Formula One championship according to his sponsors.

The Dutchman’s only hope of a drive in F1 this season now lies with Jordan, who are yet to announce their line-up for the new campaign.

His backers, Dutch technology company Trust, said in a statement: “After many exhaustive discussions between [Minardi boss] Paul Stoddart, Trust and Jos’s management about the developments within and the future of the Minardi F1 team, it has been definitively decided not to be part of the Minardi F1 team for another season.

“All possibilities for Jos within the team have been discussed and looked into in all detail.”

Verstappen has been in and out of Formula One since 1994 when he partnered Michael Schumacher at Benetton and ended the championship with 10 points, scoring his best result with third-place finishes in Hungary and Belgium.

The Monaco-based driver has struggled to make an impact since then at the likes of Simtek, Arrows and Tyrrell who all no longer exist.

Minardi have signed Italian rookie Gianmaria Bruni for 2004 with Hungary’s Zsolt Baumgartner expected to secure the other spot on the team.

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