Gianmaria Bruni made his Formula One debut hoping to follow in the footsteps of stars who have also made their debuts with the humble Minardi team.
First GP: Australia 2004
Best result: 14th
2004 position: 25th
Previous teams: N/A
Giancarlo Fisichella, Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli are among the men who have taken their first steps in these unpromising surroundings.
But there are few suggestions so far that Bruni will make a similar impact.
He has won in Formula Three and Formula 3000, but has yet to prove it is not just cash that earned him an F1 drive.
His biggest achievement on the way up the ladder has been to win a British F3 race on his way to finishing fourth in the championship in 2001.
He also finished third with two wins in the second division Euro F3000 series last year.
On the face of it, that is not a record that is likely to be the foundation for a stellar F1 career, and there has been little so far to suggest that impression is wrong.