New faces on the grid


GIORGIO PANTANO  

Jordan 

HAD the honour of clinching the last remaining seat in Formula One. The 25-year-old took part in a two-day test with Jordan at Jerez in February and managed to find the finances the Irish required from their second driver, thanks to a sponsorship package from an Italian fashion chain. 

Having raced in F3000 for the past three years, dicing against some of the existing Formula One drivers, Pantano has the ability to make his presence felt.  

Began his racing career in karts, where he won three Junior World Championship and two European Championship titles.  

GIANMARIA BRUNI  

Minardi 

BRUNI was promoted to a full-time driver for the 2004 season after impressing Paul Stoddart during his time as the team's reserve driver. 

Bruni signed with Minardi mid-way through the season as their Friday test driver last year and put in some very impressive times by Minardi standards, often outshining regular drivers Jos Verstappen and Nicolas Kiesa. Based on this, Stoddart dropped Kiesa and offered his seat to Bruni.  

CHRISTIAN KLIEN 

Jaguar Racing 

KLIEN awarded a test drive with Jaguar and impressed the bosses with times close to those of Mark Webber.  

It was those performances – together with an estimated £2.5m of sponsorship money from Red Bull that earned him the position of Webber's teammate at Jaguar for the new season. 

But Klien, and of course Red Bull, will be hoping that he enjoys more success than Jaguar's previous rookie drivers Antonio Pizzonia and Justin Wilson, who both failed to hold on to their seats for more than half a season. 

Klien has his roots in karting, finishing fifth in his first season in full Swiss kart Championship in 1997. He was the best driver among the four rookies in Melbourne, taking 11th place.

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