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Minardi gets the green light to race

By Julie Tullberg and Robert Grant 04/03/2005 09:01:20 PM Comments (0)

Formula One team Minardi can race in the Australian Grand Prix's time trials after the Victorian Supreme Court granted an injunction.

But Minardi's race appearance on Sunday is still in question after the court hearing was adjourned until 2.15pm Saturday.

Justice David Habersberger ruled Minardi could participate in Saturday's practice session, given that the matter was urgent.

No Formula One officials appeared in court because of the short notice of the legal action.

But Justice Habersberger said the parties, including officials, could discuss the issue in court further come Saturday's hearing.

Counsel for Minardi, Dr Gavan Griffith QC, told the court all teams, including Ferrari, had agreed for Minardi to race in the Grand Prix.

Dr Griffith said Minardi's reputation, including the kudos of racing in the Grand Prix and its sponsorship deals, would be affected if it could not race on Sunday.

Minardi, the only Australian-owned team in Formula One racing, was told by officials its cars did not meet the 2005 safety standards.

Minardi team owner Paul Stoddart was relieved his cars could get on the track.

"Now it's in the hands of the court, I really can't say anymore than that except that Minardi will be participating tomorrow, as usual, at the Grand Prix," Stoddart said.

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