Manning - BAR's F1 test driver - will again spearhead the FIA challenge while Hughes attempts to go one better in the Italian championship which will be revamped as the European F3000
with rounds in England (Donington Park to be precise), Spain and Germany.
At 25 Montoya arrived in F1, after hugely successful spells in F3000
and the American ChampCar series, with a burning desire to prove himself in elite company, and no respecter of reputations, as his stunt in Interlagos underlined.
1997: Winner of Formula Nippon F3000
Championship (Team Shiogoni-Nova): six wins, three seconds and one third place with four poles and three fastest laps.
Having worked with them before, winning the F3000
championship at our first attempt and breaking all records in the process, I have every confidence in them.
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Another year in the single seaters in 2000 saw Hughes claim second place in the Euro F3000
Pete with (reigning F3000
champ Sebestian) Bourdais.
The Milton-Keynes-based outfit opted for last year's F3000
champion after he completed a series of tests with the team.
Wilson's place at Minardi is taken by Denmark's Nicolas Kiesa, currently lying fifth in this year's F3000
Irishman Michael Keohane struggled to keep the pace on his series debut with Astromega and finished 12th while former British Formula Three champion Marc Hynes finished last for the BCN F3000
team in his first race for three years.
Undaunted Paffett, who last year won the German F3 title, got a drive in F3000
which he hoped would keep him in the limelight as his management team continue to try to raise the cash to get into F1.
Brand team principal Martin Kendrick accused Minassian of threatening a team member as he struggled to get to grips with his return to F3000
following a failed spell in Champ Cars and a title-winning season in ASCAR.