Tarso Marques made his Formula1 debut with the Minardi team in 1996, and competed in
twelve races for the Faenza based outfit during the course of the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Prior to this he spent time karting in Brazil and then in the traditional Formula1
training grounds of Formula 3 and Formula 3000, taking the Brazilian and South American
Formula 3 championships along the way.
Without the prospect of another Formula1 drive, the young Brazilian crossed the Atlantic
to continue learning his trade in the CART series. He competed in six races for Team
Penske in 1999 before racing for the majority of the season in a Swift in 2000.
His return to Formula1 will allow the 25-year-old to continue progressing through the
motorsport ranks, and his experience at Minardi already is expected to help his rookie
partner, Fernando Alonso.