Giancarlo Minardi is running for election

Now here’s a political campaign we will happily support!

Former F1 team owner Gian Carlo Minardi is campaigning to become the Mayor of Faenza as local elections take place in the Italian city.

The 62-year-old Italian founded and ran the Minardi team – now Toro Rosso – in the Faenza area. His eponymous team heroically competed in F1 from 1985 and ran on a shoestring under his ownership until 2001, when it was sold to Australian airline magnate, Paul Stoddart. The team stumbled on for a further five seasons before being sold to the Red Bull group.

As always seems to be the case, Minardi’s sojourn into politics comes down to money – or rather, the lack of it.

"There are still some things required to make ends meet but we are on track," he told the Italian publication Il Resto del Carlino. "I have national knowledge and I think I can use that to the advantage of my city.

"I’ll have to change the way people work but I have never been afraid of that. I’ll have a team of professionals, young people, and would bring to politics the methods I used in sport – but first I have to study all the rules of city governance. I hold a lot of affection for the city."

We wish Gian Carlo the best of luck!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.