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The Minardi PS04B was a Formula One race car used by Minardi Cosworth in the 2004 Formula One season.

Minardi PS04 and PS04B
Minardi usgp 2004.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMinardi
PredecessorPS03
SuccessorPS05
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque
Suspension (front)Carbon-wrapped steel double wishbone, with pushrod-activated torsion springs.
Suspension (rear)As front.
EngineCosworth CR-3L 2,998 cc (183 cu in) 72° V10 Naturally aspirated rear mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
TransmissionMinardi 6-speed longitudinally mounted semi-automatic gearbox Minardi hydraulic differential
FuelElf
LubricantsElf
CPC
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsMinardi Cosworth
Notable drivers20. Italy Gianmaria Bruni
20. Austria Patrick Friesacher
21. Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner
21. Netherlands Christijan Albers
Debut2004 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
21000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

In 2003 all of the Arrows A23 chassis and the full Arrows Grand Prix International intellectual property rights were bought by Minardi. The Arrows A23 was renamed the Minardi PS04 and in back-to-back tests it was found superior to the Minardi's PS03. Minardi however decide that they could not run a "pure-Arrows" and hence used the Arrows intellectual property, which included the new designs for the Arrows A24[1] and the best elements from the PS03 and PS04 / Arrows A23 to develop the Minardi PS04B for the 2004 season.[2][3]

Period reports even hinted that the PS04B was possibly based more closely on the Arrows A24 than Minardi might have been prepared to publicly admit.[1][4]

For following season the PS04B was developed into the PS05.

The PS04B was driven by rookie Gianmaria Bruni, and Zsolt Baumgartner who had moved from Jordan. The team managed to earn their first point in two years, after Baumgartner finished 8th (albeit last) at the United States Grand Prix.

In 2005, Minardi used a PS04B chassis for the first three races of the season before they made a new PS05 chassis due to assembly problems.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Points WCC
2004 Minardi Cosworth Cosworth V10 B AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA CHN JPN BRA 1 10th
Gianmaria Bruni Ret 14 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret 18 16 17 14 Ret Ret Ret 16 17
Zsolt Baumgartner Ret 16 Ret 15 Ret 9 15 10 8 Ret Ret 16 15 Ret 15 16 Ret 16
2005 Minardi F1 Team Cosworth V10 B AUS MAL BHR SMR ESP MON EUR CAN USA FRA GBR GER HUN TUR ITA BEL BRA JPN CHN 7* 10th
Patrick Friesacher 17 Ret 12
Christijan Albers Ret 13 13

* All points scored with the PS05.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Minardi en de Arrows A24". formule1nieuws.nl. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Baumgartner signs for Minardi". motorsport.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Minardi will not use the Arrows A23". www.auto123.com. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Minardi PS03, A23 of A24?". frontpage.fok.nl. Retrieved 31 October 2018.

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