03.21.18 Great expectations for the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day. Saturday will host Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes F team pilot

Imola, March 21, 2018 – The countdown until the third edition of Historic Minardi day has begun. It is set to take place on the 5th and 6th of May at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari di Imola.

This year will see many innovations at the international motoring weekend, but the spirit of the event created by Gian Carlo Minardi that won the Casco d’Oro Autosprint 2017 for Best Motorsport Event of the Year remains unchanged. The vehicles, from a 40-year period, that wrote the most exciting and important pages in the annals of motorsport history alongside their drivers will be the focus of the event. Fans will have the opportunity to gain access to the track’s paddock and box once again to admire the cars up close and meet the drivers and technicians.

The cars designed by Gian Carlo Minardi and driven in the F1 World Championships from 1985 to 2005 will be on display at the track next to the single-seaters that built the myth of the circuit. Mercedes, Ferrari, Benetton-Alfa Romeo, Arrows, Tecno, Dallara, Fondmetal, Surtees, Tyrrel P34, Theodore, Fittipaldi Automotive, the cars from F2, GP2, F3000 & F3, Formula Italia and Abarth that molded the champions through intense trials on the track will be on display Saturday May 5th at 9:00am followed by a parade of the historic cars.

From the Mercedes – AMG Petronas Motorsport garage we will see the W04-2013 project come to the track. The project is the brainchild of engineer Aldo Costa, winner of three grand prizes, the same man who launched Brackley team’s winning streak with four constructor titles and many driver titles, including three with Lewis Hamilton (’14, ’15, ’17) and one with Nico Rosberg (’16).

The engineer from Parma, who had his behind the wheel debut in a F1 car, will be driving the single-seater. He grew up among the ranks of the Minardi team alongside fellow engineer Gabriele Tredozi, who will be driving his Minardi PS04B.

Completing Mercedes -AMG Petronas Motorsport presence at the Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari will be Valtteri Bottas on Saturday. He will be there to sign autographs before heading to the Piazza del Popolo in Faenza at 4:15pm and then on to Brisighella at 5:15pm. Then at 6pm, he will go to the Spada Amphitheater, in his W07, to pick up the Lorenzo Bandini Trophy at the ceremony.

Must-see Gran Turismo and Prototype cars from Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, Lavaggi and Lucchini will also be on display at the track over the course of the weekend during different sessions. The Scuderia Tazio Nuvolari will pay homage to Giorgio Lucchini by bringing some of the 150 cars known for winning 750- aces, 2 world titles, 34 track and four uphill titles to the track in a static exhibition designed by the Mantuan manufacturer. Saturday at noon, the book “Giorgio Lucchini, una vita per le corse” written by Gianni Tomazzoni will be presented at the “Ayrton Senna” Conference Room, where many other workshops will be held over the course of the weekend.

In the pits, an exhibition will be on display for a trip into the world of Formula 1 and technology from “Past – Present – Future.” It will feature some of the single-seaters from Minardi and Toro Rosso along with simulators that have revolutionized the design and development of racecars following the abolition of on track testing.

Historic Minardi Day, being an event full of fun, will have opportunities for amateurs and enthusiasts to get on the track in their own cars and unleash their inner racer on Santerno’s asphalt, thanks to the new program “Scendi in Pista (Get on the track)” (register online at MinardiDay.ir or directly through the racetrack)

Tickets are available for purchase at the entrance – one-day or two-day tickets – from TicketOne or directly from the Autodromo. The ticket includes access to the paddocks, pits, and other events besides rides around the track with a professional driver.