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Yeltsin Junior joins Midland team effort 16 Dec 2004

Boris Yeltsin Jr, grandson of Russia’s first president, has become Russian marketing director for the new Midland team which hopes to join the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2006.

The Russian team, to be based in England, is backed by the Midland Group and plan to use Dallara-built chassis with an as yet unconfirmed engine supply. Alex Shnaider, Midland co-founder and chairman, revealed the Yeltsin appointment along with Russian managing partner Alexander Radunsky on Wednesday.

“Boris Yeltsin junior is the right man for this job, both by his character and talents,” Radunsky told the Kommersant newspaper. “Moreover, Boris Yeltsin is a brand, you can’t help it. And his potential must be used.”

Shnaider also told reporters that the team had reached a preliminary agreement with a Mexican driver for the 2006 season, but refused to reveal his identity. An official presentation by Midland is expected in February 2005.

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