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Jordan retain Toyota engines for 2006 30 Jul 2005

Nicolas Kiesa (DEN) Jordan Toyota EJ15B.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hungaroring, Hungary, 29 July 2005

Jordan will continue to use Toyota engines next year when the team becomes Midland, it was announced on Saturday. The one-year contract will be similar to Jordan’s existing deal, with the team receiving Toyota’s latest specification V8 engine.

"The co-operation with Toyota was a key element for Jordan Grand Prix in the 2005 season and I am personally delighted to carry on this excellent collaboration," said Jordan Managing Director Colin Kolles. “With Toyota's commitment to our team, they have also done the magnanimous thing for the sport by putting Formula One above their own exclusivity. As we are in the middle of a transition year with difficult odds, the exceptional Toyota engine reliability record is essential for Jordan to gather crucial data to be used for the development of the 2006 car and at the same time I hope we can help Toyota in the battle for World Championship honours."

Tsutomu Tomita, Chairman of Toyota Motorsport, said of the announcement:
"We are very pleased that Jordan Grand Prix and Midland have opted to renew the one-year contract. It has always been a priority for Toyota to support the independent teams in Formula One, so we are happy to be in a position to continue this successful collaboration with the team for 2006.

“We are in an advanced stage of our V8 engine programme for next season and by finalising this new one-year deal with Jordan Grand Prix and Midland for 2006 at an early stage we will be able to accelerate development."

Toyota engines have scored 68 points so far this season, Jordan’s 11 coming solely from the United States Grand Prix.