Eleven years after Michael Schumacher’s last Grand Prix win with Ferrari, the 4,909m of the track beside the Santerno River will host the powerful racing cars of the team from Faenza that from 1985 to 2005 rode the scene of Formula 1, together with other historic vehicles of the F1 championship as well as F2, F3 and GT racing. The enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet in the boxes and the paddock (with free entry) the engineers and drivers that lived F1 history. There will also be other guests such as Italian rock/pop star, Max Gazzè, an enthusiast and himself a driver who in 2004 drove a Minardi F1 car.
When the gates of the Imola Circuit opens in the morning, the motors of the historic F1, F2, F3 and GT cars will go on track (6 May) and will only stop in the late evening on 7 May. After last year’s success the Historic Minardi day will repeat its formula of opening the boxes and paddock to all the enthusiasts who will be able to touch the cars that made motor sport history, but the weekend will not lack other activities.
New events to highlight this year’s Minardi day are the Golf game, Minardi classic, live Music show, Simulator zone and a photograhic competition. The Golf Game, which takes place on 5 May at Faenza’s “Le Cicogne” Golf course, will see some former Minardi drivers, Minardi persoonal and VIPs play a casual golf round. These drivers wrote some of the most important pages of Formula 1 history.
The Minardi classic, In collaboration with the Club Romagnolo Auto e Moto d’Epoca (the regional Historic Car Club), will be a spectacle for fans of vintage Minardi speedsters. The club’s president Bruno Brusa, who owns a GM75 Minardi and historic road sports cars of the 1950s – 1970s, will make a tour that will wind around more than 70 kilometers of the local hills with stops in magnificent medieval towns and cities of Art. The vehicles will then be on display within the circuit paddock area during the rest of the weekend.
The live music show (6 May) will happen on the Minardi Live Stage where Dedo & The Megaphones and Max Gazzè are scheduled to perform for the fans in the Paddock after the main event. Lastly, a Photographic “competition” will be open to all enthusiasts who take part in the Historic Minardi day from Saturday until Sunday noon. Any type of photographic device can be used and it will be the task of each fan to post it in the format to be announced. The photos will be judged by a committee headed by famous Formula 1 sport photographer Andrea Orsi. The committee’s decision will be final.