The PS05 was the last Formula 1 car in the 21-years long history of Minardi team in Formula 1. The car was designed by Gabriele Tredozi (Technical Director), Sandro Parini (Chief Designer) and Andrea Rocchetto (Chief Aerodynamicist). In comparison to its predecessors, the PS05 featured heavily sculpted sidepods, updated aerodynamics and a newer Cosworth unit. When introduced at San Marino, the PS05 featured a double plane wing on its sidepods, a first in Formula One, while in Hungary, the rear wing featured a large vertical slit, a first as well. The performance of the car was bad. Minardi drivers Dutch Christijan Albers and Austrian Patrick Friesacher retired in the majority of the races. The team earned double-points finish (second in the team’s history) at the controversial 2005 United States Grand Prix when all teams using Michelin tyres were withdrown, and only 6 cars participated in the race. Friesacher, F3000 graduate, was dropped from the Minardi team after the 2005 British Grand Prix due to his sponsors failing to pay Minardi the amounts agreed at the start of the season.
|Patrick Friesacher||20||Minardi F1 Team|