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MF1 announce Rusinov test drive 24 Nov 2005

Roman Rusinov (RUS) has a seat fitting. Roman Rusinov Seat Fitting, Midland F1 Factory, Silverstone, England, 23 November 2005. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton

Midland, the first Russian team to compete in Formula One Racing, have announced that 24 year-old Russian, Roman Rusinov, will participate in his first Formula One test session with the team when they head to the Jerez Circuit in Spain on 10th December, 2005.

Rusinov was understandably elated at the prospect of testing an F1 car declaring that "It would not be a exaggeration to say that I have been waiting my entire career for this moment! This test is the first but crucial step on my way to F1". The young Russian yesterday attended the team’s Silverstone headquarters for a seat-fitting and has made his intentions to carve out a career in F1 clear. "At this point my aim is to learn the peculiarities of an F1 car and familiarise myself with the way an F1 team works".

Alex Shnaider, the owner of MF1 Racing recently collected the team’s official license from the Russian Automobile Federation allowing them to compete in the Championship and he has already expressed his hope that entering a team under the Russian flag will open new horizons for Russian racing drivers. His sentiments were echoed by the Managing Director of MF1 Racing, Colin Kolles, commenting on the forthcoming test involving Roman Rusinov:

"MF1 Racing will compete in the 2006 FIA Formula One World Championship under the Russian flag, so it makes perfect sense for our team to test a Russian Driver and we are looking forward to working with him at Jerez".

Midland have already confirmed Dutchman Christijan Albers as one of their race drivers for 2006 and fellow countryman Nicky Pastorelli joins him as third and test driver. Perhaps it won’t be long before a Russian Driver completes the picture.