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Scuderia Minardi and later Minardi F1 Team, the small Italian team we all love. They did what many team didn’t they survived 20 years in the Formula One on a tight budget. Their hay days were in the early 1990s when Gustav Brunner designed the M193 and Aldo Costa the M191. However, always with a tight budget it meant that many drivers were able to fulfil their dream to a F1 car with Minardi! Because money is money. So here is the list with drivers year by year, as complete as possible. Lots of testing dates and times can be found here.

1984 Minardi-Alfa Romeo M184
While Minardi appeared in 1985 in the Formula One their first car was the Minardi M184, in preparation of their Formula One debut in 1985. Actually, their very first car was the stillborn Minardi M183. The M184 was fitted with the Alfa-Romeo. However, Carlo Chiti lured Minardi to use his Motori Moderni engine instead for 1985.
Pierluigi Martini:
Tested in November 1984 with the M184 on Misano.
Alessandro Nannini: Tested on the 11th and 12th of October 1984 with the M184 on Misano.

1985 Minardi-Ford M185
The first Minardi that appeared on the grid was the M185 designed by Giacomo Caliri. The car was intended to be powered by Carlo Chiti’s new Motori Moderni V6 engine. However, due to the slow development of the engine the team had to use the Ford engine the first two races.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M185 fitted with the Ford engine on Misano.

1985 Minardi-Motori Moderni M185
As said the first two races of the season Minardi had to use the Cosworth engine. During the Grand Prix at San Marino, the team finally had the Motori Moderni V6 engine in the back.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M185 fitted with the Motori Moderni.
Alessandro Nannini: Tested with the M185 fitted with the Motori Moderni.
Michele Alboreto: Tested with the M185 the 26th of november on Fiorano.

1986 Minardi-Motori Moderni M185B
Minardi appeared in 1986 with a modified M185 on the grid, the M185B also from Caliri. The car had a fuel tank that was smaller. It was also the first time the team would appear with two cars on the grid. The M186 would only appear at the end of the season.
Andrea de Cesaris: Tested with the M185B.
Alessandro Nannini: Tested with the M185B.
Gianfranco Brancatelli: Tested with the M185B the 12th of November on Misano. He completed 7 laps.

1986 Minardi-Motori Moderni M186
During the Hungarian Grand Prix the team appeared with their new challenger the Minardi M186 designed by Caliri. Only one M186 was constructed. Andrea de Cesaris was the drive that drove most of the races with it. Alessandro Nannini only drive with the M186 during the Grand Prix at Austria.
Alessandro Nannini: Tested the 11th and 12th of November with the M186 on Misano. Completed 6 laps.
Andrea de Cesaris: Tested with the Minardi M186 on Fiorano.

1987 Minardi-Motori Moderni M187
In 1987 Minardi appeared with the M187 designed by Caliri on the grid. It was the last year the team would use the thirsty and overweight Motori Moderni engines.
Adrián Campos: Tested with the M187.
Alessandro Nannini: Tested with the M187.
Pierluigi Martini: Appeared with the M187 on Misano or Fiorano.
Gregor Foitek: Tested with the M187 the 14th of December on Estoril.
Franco Scapini: Tested with the M187.
Marco Apicella: Tested with the M187.

1988 Minardi-Ford M188
1988 was the first year the Minardi team was powered by the Ford V8 engine atmospheric engine. As the turbo engines were banned. The M188 was Designed by Giacomo Caliri and Aldo Costa. Thanks to the new engine, their new challenger was more reliable. During the Grand Prix held in Detroit Pierluigi Martini scored the first point for Minardi to finish sixth.
Adrián Campos: Tested with the Minardi M188. Tested with the M188 as well during a tyre test.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the Minardi M188.
Luis Pérez-Sala: Tested with the Minardi M188.
Josele Garza: Tested with the Minardi M188 the 2nd of September on Imola.

1988/1989 Minardi-Subaru M188
Believe it or not though during the season Subaru was looking to enter the Formula One with their “own” engine. The engine was nothing more than the new Motori Moderni engine from Carlo Chiti. It was a V12 boxed engine. Carlo had asked GianCarlo if his team could test the engine. Eventually to use the engines. Several test sessions happened, though the results where poor.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested at the end of 1988 with the Minardi M188, which was fitted with the Subaru engine?
Paolo Barilla: Tested with the M188 Subaru in May 1989 on Misano.
Gianni Morbidelli: Tested with the M188 Subaru in May 1989 on Misano.

1989 Minardi-Ford M188B
The first three races of the season the team appeared with the modified M188B on the track.
 Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the Minardi M188B.
Luis Pérez-Sala: Tested with the Minardi M188B.

1989 Minardi-Ford M189
The M189 made it’s debut during the Mexican Grand Prix. Nigel Cowperthwaite designed the car. It would be the team’s first car that scored multiple points during the season. Both Martini and Perez-Sala showed the potential of the car with some really good finishes.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the Minardi M189.
Luis Pérez-Sala: Tested with the Minardi M189.
Paolo Barilla: Tested with the Minardi M189 prior his debut during the Japanese Grand Prix.

1990 Minardi-Ford M189B
In 1990 the team raced the first two races with the modified M189B. As the M190 was not ready jet to debut on the track.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M189B.
Paolo Barilla: Tested with the M189B.

1990 Minardi-Ford M190
The M190 made it’s debut during the San Marino Grand Prix. Aldo Costa and Tomasso Carletti designed the car for the team. Sadly, there were no points scored. Morbidelli replaced Barilla for the last two races as Barilla had a couple of DNQ’s in a row.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M190.
Paolo Barilla: Tested with the M190.
Gianni Morbidelli: Tested with the M190.
Marco Apicella: Tested with the M190 in late season on Imola.
Luis Sala Perez: Tested with the M190.

1991 Minardi-Ferrari M191
In 1991 Minardi managed to sign a deal with Ferrari to use their V12 engines. Aldo Costa and Rene Hilhorst designed the M191. More points were able to score for the team. Though, the deal with Ferrari was pretty expensive. The team as well received the first few races with the 89 spec engine.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M191.
Gianni Morbidelli: Tested with the M191.
Roberto Moreno: Tested with the M191.

1991 Minardi-Ford M190
Fabio Babini: Tested with the Minardi M191 in early March on Aeroporto di Cervia-Pisignano. He is the only drive from Faenza that had a test with a f1 car.

1992 Minardi-Lamborghini M191B/M191L
The first three races Minardi appeared with the modified M191B on the track. As the M192 was not ready. The biggest difference was the Lamborghini engine in the back of the Minardi. While the engine had 10HP more, it was less reliable. During the Spanish Grand Prix, the car was rebranded as the M191L.
Christian Fittipaldi: Tested in February with the Minardi M191B at Paul Ricard.
Gianni Morbidelli: Tested with the Minardi M191B.

1992 Minardi-Lamborghini M192
The M192 made it’s debut during the Grand Prix held on San Marino. Aldo Costa and Rene Hilhorst designed the car. The car was not as good as the M191. However, this came due to errors when the car was tested in the wind tunnel. The team only found this out later in the season.
Christian Fittipaldi: Tested with the M192.
Alessandro Zanardi: Tested with the M192 when he was to replace Fittipaldi.
Gianni Morbidelli: Tested with the M192.
Marco Apicella: Tested with the M192 on Misano.
Marco Werner: Tested with the M192 on Estoril, while the team was impressed there was no contract.

1993 Minardi-Ford M193
Everything seemed to have changed in 1993 for Minardi. The team returned to the reliable Ford engines and their new challenger, designed by Aldo Costa and Gustav Brunner, showed real potential. In the hands of Fittipaldi and Barbazza the team managed to score 7 points during the season. With an additional 3 with the use of the M193B.
Christian Fittipaldi: Tested with the M193.
Fabrizio Barbazza: Tested with the M193.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M193.
Jean-Marc Gounon: Tested with the M193 in Japan prior his f1 debut.
Michele Alboreto: Tested with the M193 on Estoril during the summer.

1994 Minardi-Ford M193B
As the Minardi M194 was not ready on time the team drove the first five races with the modified M193B. The team managed to score points in Monaco and Spain with the car!
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M193B.
Michele Alboreto: Tested with the M193B in January on Misano.
Luca Badoer: Tested with the M193B.

1994 Minardi-Ford M194
The M194 made it’s debut on the track during the Canadian Grand Prix. Aldo Costa and Gustav Brunner designed the car. It would be the last F1 car where Michele Alboreto would race with in the F1.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M194 on Estoril, Mugello and Misano.
Michele Alboreto: Tested with the M194.
Giancarlo Fisichella: Tested the 8th of august with the M194 on Mugello.
Luca Badoer: Tested with the M194 on Mugello.
Tommy Rustad: Tested on the 3th of December with the Minardi M194 on Fiorano.
Christian Pescatori: Tested on the 14th of December with the M194 on Fiorano. Best time 1:09,600s.

1995 Minardi-Ford M195
Perhaps 1995 was the season where the financial situation of team became worst. The M195 was designed  around the Mugen-Honda engine by Aldo Costa. However, last minute Ligier would race with the engines. Eventually the Ford V8 powered the car. Pedro Lamy managed to score a point during the last race of the season.
Pierluigi Martini: Tested with the M195.
Pedro Lamy: Tested with the M195 on Fiorano prior his debut with the team in Hungary.
Luca Badoer: Tested with the M195.
Danilo Rossi: Tested in December with the Minardi M195 on Fiorano. Minardi tested several young drivers, as they wanted a young talent in their car for 1996.
Thomas Biagi: Tested in December with the Minardi M195 on Fiorano. Minardi tested several young drivers, as they wanted a young talent in their car for 1996.
Giancarlo Fisichella: Tested in December with the Minardi M195 on Fiorano. Minardi tested several young drivers, as they wanted a young talent in their car for 1996.
Tarso Marques: Tested with the M195 the 14th of December 1995 on Fiorano.

1996 Minardi-Ford M195B
The first season the team had four drivers active during on the circuits. Pedro Lamy drove all the races while Fisichella, Marques and Lavaggi drove with the seconds Minardi. The M195B was the evolution of the M195. There was simply not enough money to design a new car and have it build.
Pedro Lamy: Tested with the M195B.
Giancarlo Fisichella: Tested with the M195B.
Tarso Marques: Tested with the M195B.
Giovanni Lavaggi: Tested with the M195B..
Andrea Boldrini: Tested with the M195B on Misano the 28th of October. His present for winning the Italian F3 championship.
João Barbosa: Tested with the M195B on Misano the 28th of October. His present to finish as the runner up in the Italian F3 championship.
Esteban Tuero:
Tested with the M195B the same day as Barbosa and Boldrini. He was the quickest with 1:17,06s Boldrini followed with 1:17,38s and last was Barbosa with a 1:18,22s.

1997 Minardi-Hart M197
For 1997 it seemed the future looked a bit brighter. At the end of 1996 a consortium led by Flavio Briatore, Alessandro Nannini and Gabriele Rumi. Gabriele Tredozi and Mauro Gennaro designed the M197 while using the wind tunnel at the Fondmetal quiet often. While the design of the M197 was already worked on during the previous season. Only on a late stadium a deal was signed with Hart to use their V8 engines.
Jarno Trulli:
Tested with the M197.
Tarso Marques:
Tested with the M197.
Ukyo Katayama:
Tested with the M197.
Esteban Tuero:
Tested in November and December with the M197 on Fiorano.
Laurent Redon:
Tested in late December with the M197 on Catalunya.
Oliver Martini: Tested in late December with the M197 on Catalunya.
Tom Kristensen: Tested with the M197 at Catalunya.
Luca Badoer: Tested with the M197 on Monza.

1998 Minardi-Ford M198
The Minardi for 1998 was far from reliable. While the team ditched the Hart V8 engines for the Cosworth V10 engines, the team failed to finish in 18 races! Gustav Brunner designed the M198. Despite not scoring a point the team finished above Tyrrell in the Championship. This came because of Nakano’s 7th place in Canada.
Shinji Nakano: Tested in early February on Fiorano with the M198.
Esteban Tuero: Tested quite a lot in pre-season with the car to get his super license.
Donny Crevels: Tested the 2nd and 3th of December on Imola with the Minardi M198. He won the Italian F3 championship. He drove only a few rounds his second day as it was raining badly. There were talks of him racing for Minardi in 1999. Sadly, this never happened.
Marc Gené: Tested with the M198 on Catalunya.
Laurent Redon:
Tested with the M198 on Catalunya, he was rumoured to be one of the drivers for 1999.

1999 Minardi-Ford M01
The M01 was a brand new design which future no parts from previous Minardi’s. This was the case with others. Gustav Brunner together with Gabriele Tredozi designed the M01. The M01 was the first f1 car that had magnesium transmission casing.
Luca Badoer: Did the shakedown of the M01 on the 28th of January on Fiorano.
Marc Gené:
Tested with the M01. Tested also the 9th of December with the M01 on Jerez.
Gastón Mazzacane:
Tested a few times with the M01 on Vairano.

Jerez youngster test
Minardi tested between 13 and 15 December several youngsters on Jerez. The team was still looking for a driver to pair Gené in 2000. Max Wilson, Norberto Fontana, Giorgio Vinella, Peter Sundberg and Fernando Alonso. While it rained, the 13th Fernando Alonso was the quickest on a wet track.  Gené on the dry track. Results can be found here. Eventually Mazacane would join the team in 2000.

2000 Minardi-Fondmetal M02
It seemed to become a difficult year for Minardi. The team was still powered by the Cosworth V10 engine. However, this was the 1998 batch, batched as Fondmetal. The M02 Gabriele Tredozi and Gustav Brunner designed the M02. While the start of the season was good. The end of the season was horrible. Rumi, who had a stake of 70% in the team, was looking to sell his stakes. When the PSN deal fell through. Paul Stoddart eventually purchased the stakes in 2001. The M01 was the last real Minardi.
Marc Gené:
Tested with the Minardi M02.
Gastón Mazzacane:
Tested with the Minardi M02.
Giorgio Vinella:
Tested for the first time with the M02 on Vairano the 5th of July. Two weeks later, he tested on Mugello a couple of days.
Fernando Alonso:
Tested with the Minardi M02.

2001 Minardi-European PS01
The begin of the year it seemed that Minardi would not appear on the grid. However, Paul Stoddart purchased the shares of Rumi. The impossible was made possible. In just a few weeks the Minardi PS01 was designed and build. Gustav Brunner designed the PS01. While there was almost no testing conducted. The car did well in the hand of Alonso and Tarques.
Fernando Alonso:
Tested with the PS01.
Tarso Marques:
Tested with the PS01.
Alex Yoong: T
ested with the PS01 in July on Monza.
Andrea Piccini:
Tested the 4th and 5th of July on Mugello with the PS01. His best time was a 1:31,227s. A month later he tested again on Mugello with the PS01.
Christijan Albers: Tested for the first time with the PS01 the 18th of April 2001 on Mugello. Alonso and Marques tested that week as well on Mugello.
Paul Stoddart: Drove/Tested with the PS01 during the Minardi day the 31th of October on Imola.

2001 Minardi-European PS01B
From the Belgium Grand Prix on Minardi appeared with the modified PS01B on the grid. The car was an improvement of the PS01.
Fernando Alonso:
Tested with the PS01B.
Tarso Marques:
Tested with the PS01B.
Alex Yoong:
Tested with the PS01B after the Belgium Grand Prix on Mugello. Probably also to get in touch with the car as he would replace Marques for the last three races.
Andrea Piccini:
Tested with the PS01B after the Belgium Grand Prix on Mugello.
David Saelens:
Not really a test, though a first taste of F1. David drove a Minardi PS01B during the Minardi days held at Misano in early November.

2002 Minardi-European PS01
Paul Stoddart: Drove/Tested with the PS01 during the Thunder in the Park 2 on Donington.
Paul Stoddart: Drove/Tested with the PS01 during the Minardi day the 27th of October on Imola.

2002 Minardi-European PS01B
As the new challenger, the PS02, was not ready yet a couple of drivers tested with the PS01B. The car had some new additions on the car that would appear on the PS02.  It seems the team used the PS01B during the season for testing. For me it is a bit unclear why.
Mark Webber:
Tested with the hybrid PS01B the 16th and 17th of January on Jerez. Best time 1:16,133s.
Christijan Albers:
Tested with the hybrid PS01B the 16th and 17th of January on Jerez. Best time 1:17,620s.
Antonio Garcia:
Tested with the hybrid PS01 the 16th of January on Jerez. Best time 1:17,794s.
Alex Yoong:
Tested with the hybrid PS01B the 15th and 16th of January on Jerez. Best time 1:17,800s.
Matteo Bobbi:
Tested with the hybrid PS01B the 15th and 16th of January on Jerez. Best time 1:18,105s. He would again 27th of October, best time 1:16,469s
Jirko Malchárek:
Was assigned as one of Minardi’s test drivers in 2002. He did some testing with the PS01B during the season.
Franck Montagny:
Tested with the Minardi PS01B, with the PS02 livery, the 26th of November on Valencia. Best time 1:17,043s.
Sergei Zlobin:
Tested with the Minardi PS01, with PS02 livery, the 26th and 27th of October on Jerez. Best time 1:19,750s.
Bryan Herta: Tested with the PS01B the weekend of 9 August on Donington during the Thunder In The Park 2.
Justin Wilson: Tested with the PS01B the weekend of 9 August on Donington during the Thunder In The Park 2.
Tested with the PS01B the weekend of 9 August on Donington during the Thunder In The Park 2.
Giorgio Pantano: Tested with the Minardi PS01 the weekend of 9 August on Donington during the Thunder in the Park 2.

2002 Minardi-Asiatech PS02
The team started 2002 with some financial struggles. Stoddart even went so far to go to the court, as he did not agree on the decision to sell the Prost Grand Prix assets to Tom Walkinshaw. Gabriele Tredozi and Loïc Bigois designed the PS02. The car was powered by the unreliable Asiatech V10. The previous Peugeot engines.
Mark Webber:
Tested with the PS02.
Alex Yoong:
Tested with the PS02.
Anthony Davidson:
Tested with the PS02.
David Saelens:
Tested with the PS02 the 3th of September on Monza. Best time 1:35,149s. Funny story. He was promised in 2001 after the Minardi days a test in early 2002.

2003 Minardi-Cosworth PS01B
As the Minardi team did not have a tyre supplier after Michelin left Minardi the team was forced to test with the PS01B again. The PS01B was fitted with F3000 Avon tyres, which made the scene a bit sober and unrealistic.
Jos Verstappen:
Tested with the PS01B on Avon Tyres,the 30th of January on Valencia he drove 47 laps with a best time 1:15,190s.
Justin Wilson:
Tested with the PS01B on Avon Tyres, the 29th of January on Valencia he drove 45 lap with a best time 1:17,066s.

2003 Minardi-European PS01
Paul Stoddart: Drove/Tested with the PS01 the 12th of May during the Super Day for Superfund in Vienna.
Paul Stoddart: Drove/Tested with the PS01Thunder at the Rock on Rockingham in the weekend of 29 august.

2003 Minardi-Cosworth PS03
The season that could have been a game changer if the team would have managed to get the Ferrari engines. It seems that the fee of 15million was too much. It meant that they would use the Cosworth engines. The story becomes a problem in November 2002 when Michelin withdrew as their tyre supplier. As there was no deal made either with Bridgestone the team could not test with the PS03. The deal with Bridgestone was only signed in February 2003. Gabriele Tredozi and Loïc Bigois designed the PS03.
Jos Verstappen:
Tested with the PS03 for the first time the 26th of February on Imola. Best time 1:27,300s.
Justin Wilson:
Tested with the PS03 for the first time the 26th of February on Imola. Best Time 1:27,500s.
Matteo Bobbi:
Tested with the PS03.
Nicolas Kiesa:
Tested with the PS03 the 25th of July on Fiorano. Best time 1:02,601s. He tested also on Monza the 4th of July with a best time of 1:25,033s.
GianMaria Bruni:
Tested with the PS03 the 4th of July on Monza. Best time 1:24,720s. Bruni tested as well in December. This was more or less a shootout for who would race in 2004 for the team.
Narain Karthikeyan:
Tested with the PS03 the 13th of December on Vallelunga. This was a youngster test.

Norbert Siedler: Tested with the PS03 the 13th of December on Vallelunga. This was a youngster test.
Fabrizio del Monte:
Tested with the PS03 the 13th of December on Vallelunga. This was a youngster test. Best time over 22 laps 1:15,120s.
Heikki Kovalainen:
Tested with the PS03 the 11th of December on Vallelunga. This was a youngster test.
José María López:
Tested with the PS03 the 13th of December on Vallelunga. This was a youngster test. Best time over 61 laps 1:11,782s.

2003 Minardi-Cosworth PS04 (Arrows A23)
After Arrows went into bankruptcy in 2002 Paul Stoddart eventually purchased most of the assets of the Arrows team. With it were the Arrows A23 cars, which proven very good in 2002. The plan was to compare the Arrows A23, which became now the PS04, with the PS03.
Jos Verstappen:
Tested with the PS04 the 16th of September 2003 on Mugello. Best time 1:25,622s.
Nicolas Kiesa:
Tested with the PS04 the 16th of September 2003 on Mugello. Best time 1:28,148s.

2004 Minardi-Cosworth PS04B
Before we dive deeper in it, the PS04B was basically the PS04A. However, it is known as the PS04B with the fans. The PS04B had a couple of part of the A22, some of the A23 designs were used and some of their own designs. Gabriele Tredozi designed the PS04B. Fitted with the Cosworth V10 engine.
Gianmaria Bruni:
Tested with the PS04B on the 27th and 28th of January on Jerez.
Zsolt Baumgartner:
Tested with the PS04B on the 28th and 29th of January on Jerez. 
Bas Leinders:
Tested with the PS04B the 1st of September on Monza. Best time 1:24,441s.
Sergei Zlobin:
Tested with the PS04B the 2nd of September on Vallelunga. Best time 1:06,850s.
Tiago Monteiro:
Tested with the PS04B the 3th of September on Vallelunga. Best time 1:03,750s.

Misano test session 22 – 26 November 2004
Between 22 and 26 November Minardi tested a couple of drivers on Misano. Besides the testing, it was also similar to a Minardi Day with the two seaters also on the track.  Below the drivers per day.
22 November:

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Patrick FriesacherMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:11,150s41
Tiago MonteiroMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:13,240s (+2.090)20
Chanoch NissanyMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:14,780s (+3.630)41


23 November

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Will PowerMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:11,790s22
Will DavisonMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:11,900s (+0.110)22
Chanoch NissanyMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:14,000s (+2.210)50


24 November

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Zsolt BaumgartnerF1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Christijan Albers F1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Patrick Friesacher F1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Nicolas Kiesa F1 X2 (2-seater)XX

25 November

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Christijan AlbersMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:10,800s20
Pastor MaldonadoMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:11,330s (+0.530)22


26 November

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Jeffrey van HooydonkMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:15,930s5
Patrick HuismanMinardi-Cosworth PS04B1:20,420s (+4.490)6


26 November

DriverCarBest timeLaps
Jos Verstappen F1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Zsolt Baumgartner F1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Nicolas Kiesa F1 X2 (2-seater)XX
Robert Doornbos F1 X2 (2-seater)XX

2005 Minardi-Cosworth PS04B
As the PS05 was not ready on time due to several reasons the team appeared the first three races with the PS04B. Which saw some minor improvements.
Christijan Albers:
Tested with the PS04B on Misano the 18th and 19th of January.
Nicky Pastorelli:
Tested with the PS04B on Misano the 18th and 19th of January. This was for winning the 2004 Superfund Euro F3000 championship.
Chanoch Nissany: Tested with the PS04B on Misano the 20th of January. Tested as well on the 4th of February.
Nicolas Kiesa:
Tested with the PS04B on Misano the 4th of February. Together with Nissany and Albers. His best time was 1:20,400s, Nissany 1:25,380s and Albers 1:14,270s.
Paul Stoddart: Drove the PS04B in the street of Melbourne during a demo the 2nd of March.

2005 Minardi-Cosworth PS05
The PS05 was revealed the 15th of April on Mugello. Gabriele Tredozi designed the car. Also in 2005 the car was powered by the Cosworth V10 engine. It would be the last season for the Minardi team in the Formula One. During the Grand Prix at Indianapolis, the team scored points when they finished as fifth and sixth. Due to the fact that the Michelin teams did not start the race.
Christijan Albers:
Tested for the first time with the PS05 the 27th and 28th of April on Mugello. Best time 1:24,380s.
Patrick Friesacher:
Tested for the first time with the PS05 the 27th and 28th of April on Mugello. Best time 1:25,623s.
Chanoch Nissany:
Tested for the first time with the PS05 the 27th and 28th of April on Mugello. Best time 1:39,519s.
Robert Doornbos:
Tested with the PS05.
Enrico Toccacelo: Tested a couple of times with the PS05.

Final test session on Vallelunga 21 – 24 November
As the Minardi team was purchased by the Red Bull company, it would become Toro Rosso. A final test session was held for several drivers. Paul Stoddart would drive as the last a Minardi on the track.
Davide Rigon:
Tested with the PS05 the 22nd of November.
Katherine Legge:
Tested with the PS05 the 23th of November. She completed 27 laps. Best time 1:21,716s.
Luca Filippi:
Tested with the PS05 the 23th of November.
Juan Cáceres:
Tested with the PS05 the 23th of November. He completed 10 laps. Best time 1:21,019s.
Chanoch Nissany:
Tested with the PS05 the 23th of November. He completed 50 laps. Best time 1:24,650s. Tested as well the 21st with the PS05.
Roldán Rodríguez:
Tested the 22nd of November with the PS05.
Paul Stoddart:
Drove on the 24th of November as last person with the PS05 on the circuit. As a final goodbye to the team.
Robert Doornbos:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.
Christijan Albers:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.
Patrick Friesacher:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.
Gianni Morbidelli:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.
Gabriele Lancieri:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.
Matteo Bobbi:
Drove during the Vallelunga test in the 2-seater.