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Midland confirm long-term plans 20 Jul 2005

Tiago Monteiro (POR) Jordan Toyota EJ15.
Formula One World Championship, Rd11, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, 10 July 2005

The Midland name is set to become a highly familiar one in Formula One racing after the Jordan team owners announced on Wednesday that they will be competing in the series until at least 2012.

Jordan will become Midland F1 from the start of next season, when they are expected to introduce an all-new car - their first since the takeover of the team back in January. In the meantime, an interim evolution of the current EJ15 machine is due to make its race debut shortly.

Since the Midland purchase, the team have experienced mixed fortunes, struggling to beat backmarkers Minardi in some races, but then fighting back to score third and fourth places in the Bridgestone-only United States Grand Prix.

Their two rookie drivers have provided in interesting mix of consistency and speed, with Tiago Monteiro finishing every race to date, and Indian star Narain Karthikeyan being widely hailed as one of the finds of the season.

The team will, however, be without their regular third driver Robert Doornbos for the remainder of the year after agreeing to release the Dutchman to take over Patrick Friesacher’s race seat at Minardi. No replacement has been confirmed.