Minardi buy five Arrows F1 cars

LONDON: Minardi have bought five Arrows A23 cars from the failed Formula One team’s receivers, a spokesman said yesterday. 

“Two are in quite good shape and could be put into service and the others are mainly for parts,” he said. 

Arrows last season had the same Ford Cosworth engines as those being used by Minardi, who have yet to score a point this year but now have Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone as a minority shareholder. 

The Arrows A23, designed by Mike Coughlan who is now at McLaren, scored two points and looked more competitive than the Minardi until the team’s final appearance on the track at Hockenheim in Germany last July. 

“We’ll have a look at the car and see if some of the ideas on them could help us develop our current cars,” said the Minardi spokesman when asked whether the team intended to race the new cars. 

Minardi would not say how much they paid for the five chassis, bought directly from the receiver rather than at auction, and a spokesman said they had also bought a quantity of raw materials such as carbon fibre and metal. 

The spokesman said the purchase was not connected to Ecclestone, who became a surprise shareholder in Canada last weekend in a rescue package for the team, but down to “the generosity of one of our Dutch sponsors.” 

He said at least two other Formula One teams had purchased pit and factory equipment, such as milling machines, from the Arrows receivers. – Reuters 

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