Byline: MICHAEL LYNCH
THE Australian-owned European Minardi team will be able to start both its cars in today's Grand Prix after race stewards accepted a plea from the team to allow its second driver, Brazilian Tarso Marques, to take his place on the grid. Marques, who had engine problems and spun out during qualifying, should have been excluded as his qualifying time of one minute 33.228 seconds was more than 107 per cent outside the time of pole-sitter Michael Schumacher. But after an appeal from the team, bought earlier this year by expatriate Australian businessman Paul Stoddart, stewards allowed Marques back into the field. The stewards ruled there were "exceptional" circumstances, so the Collingwood liveried Minardi of Tarques will start from 22nd position. His teenage teammate, Fernando Alonso, qualified in 19th place.