Giancarlo Minardi, the founder of the almost legendary former team Minardi is set to stand in the mayoral elections in Faenza where the factory was formerly based.

Minardi, who sold his team in 2001 to Australian businessman Paul Stoddart, has had no previous political experience but hopes to use his sporting experience to win the town over.  He already has the backing of the centre-right ruling parties and is well liked in the town which now houses the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 factory.

Minardi told Il Resto del Carlino: “It’s been a difficult decision. I’m 62 and I’ve never been interested in politics.

“I’ve always lived in the sporting world, but that teaches you many things. I’ve made this decision now because I know I’m unconditionally supported, and I’m stepping into politics because I’ve understood that Faenza is going through extremely difficult times.

“I know people at national level and I think I can use that in favour of my hometown. I will not campaign against anyone. I will have to change the way I work, but work doesn’t and has never scared me. I will bring a team of young professionals: I’d like to bring to politics a method I used in sport. My slogan is ‘Faenza races again’.”

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