Doornbos Replaces Friesacher For German Grand Prix

The Minardi F1 Team today announces that Dutchman, Robert Doornbos, is to join countryman, Christijan Albers, in the Faenza squad’s driver line-up with immediate effect.

Doornbos, who has fulfilled the role of Friday test driver at Jordan this season, thus steps up to a full race seat at Minardi, replacing Patrick Friesacher (picture).

Team Principal, Paul Stoddart said, “He has demonstrated clearly over the last year that he has the pace necessary to compete in Formula One, and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to make his World Championship debut at this weekend’s German Grand Prix. I believe he is going to do an excellent job over the coming races, and I’m sure the Minardi team can expect even more enthusiastic support from the Netherlands, if that’s possible, as we now have the first, all-Dutch driver line-up. ”

ROBERT DOORNBOS – Personal Details
Date of birth
Marital status
September 23, 1981
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Monte Carlo, Monaco
1.82 m
74 kg
Race Career
Opel Lotus UK Winter Series, Team JR Racing, Series runner-up
(4 poles, 4 wins, 4 fastest laps)
Formula Ford Zetec, Benelux Championship, Speedlover, 5th overall Formula Ford, Belgian Championship. 2nd overall (6 podiums, 1 pole, 3 fastest laps)
Brtish Formula 3 Championship Scholarship drive, FGR Racing, 5th overall
(2 poles, 2 wins, 9 podiums, including 2nd place British Grand Prix F3 support race)
German Formula 3 Championship, Team Ghinzani (4 podiums) Formula 3,
Macau Grand Prix, 6th place
European Formula 3 Championship, Team Ghinzani (7 podiums) F3 Masters, Spa (1 pole) F3, Korean Grand Prix, 2nd place
FIA F3000 International Championship, Arden, 3rd overall (1 win at Spa, 3 other podiums) FIA Formula One World Championship, Test Driver, Jordan Ford (final three GPs)
2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, Test Driver, Jordan Toyota; Race Driver,
Minardi Cosworth (commencing German Grand Prix)