JANUARY 4, 2003
The Minardi drive
Jordan has officially responded to reports that Verstappen and Jordan have done a deal saying that "nothing has been finalised". There has been talk but as we understand it Verstappen has less than half the money that Jordan is asking for.
Our sources in Austria say that there is no way that there is going to be a deal between Jordan and Red Bull unless it is a straight sale with Eddie Jordan departing the scene.
It is worth noting that Minardi is also believed to have an opening for one or perhaps even two test and development drivers who will be used on Fridays at each Grand Prix, giving the drivers 16 chances throughout the year to be noticed by the other F1 teams. These will, however, involve sponsorship being provided for the team.