Minardi ignores testing ban

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Minardi will ignore the Formula One testing ban and give new race ace Nicolas Kiesa a few hundred kilometres of running at Fiorano on Friday. The Minardi team thinks the allowed 50 kilometres for a shakedown are not enough for the Dane to get to know the PS03: 'It's best if he gets a decent run, particularly with regards to the car's complicated electronic systems'.Minardi boss Paul Stoddart, who doesn't take his team testing much anyway, wrote to his nine F1 team boss rivals asking for a 'reprieve' from the unanimous ban following the 'gentleman's agreement'. This agreement gives team members a chance to rest a little until after the Hungarian Grand Prix.Minardi's new Friday tester Giammaria Bruni, who's bringing some $2 million in sponsorship to the car, may also get a run at Ferrari's private Fiorano track.