Midland F1 Racing

Midland F1 Racing (also known as MF1 Racing, or simply "Midland") was a Formula One constructor and racing team. It competed in the 2006 Formula One season with drivers Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro. The team was created by the renaming of Jordan Grand Prix after its purchase by Canadian businessman, and owner of the Midland Group, Alex Shnaider. The team was registered as the first Russian Formula One team, reflecting Shnaider's roots, although it continued to be based in the United Kingdom, at Jordan's Silverstone factory. Towards the end of the 2006 season, the team was sold to Spyker Cars N.V.; the team raced in its last three Grands Prix under the official name Spyker MF1 Racing. In 2007, the team competed as Spyker F1, and in 2008 was sold to Indian businessman Vijay Mallya and was renamed Force India F1.[1]

Midland F1 Racing logo
Full nameMidland F1 Racing
BaseSilverstone, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
Founder(s)Alex Shnaider
Noted staffColin Kolles
James Key
Noted driversPortugal Tiago Monteiro
Netherlands Christijan Albers
Previous nameJordan Grand Prix
Next nameSpyker F1 Team
Formula One World Championship career
First entry2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races entered18
Race victories0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
Final entry2006 Brazilian Grand Prix

2005 purchase of Jordan

Karthikeyan (Jordan) locking brakes in qualifying at USGP 2005
Narain Karthikeyan driving for Midland owned Jordan at the 2005 United States Grand Prix.

The Midland Group's interest in Formula One involvement began in 2004 when they confirmed plans to create a team to race in the 2006 season.[2] Although they were initially linked with creating a new unit or purchasing Jaguar,[3] the group instead signed a deal to buy the Jordan team from Eddie Jordan prior to the 2005 season, for a sum of $60 million. As a result, the team would be a legal continuation of Jordan and not a new entity subject to Formula One's $48 million entry bond. It also allowed Midland to claim the television revenue generated by Jordan's subsequent ninth place in the constructors' championship.[4]

The team retained Jordan's name for the 2005 season but struggled at the back of the grid with rookie drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro. The highlights of the season were Monteiro's third-place finish at the US Grand Prix (in which only six cars competed due to problems with Michelin tyres), Monteiro managed an excellent eighth place at Spa in wet conditions to give the Jordan name its last ever point and his lengthy streak of consecutive finishes, which underlined the car's reliability.

Some media reports at this time began to speculate that Midland were unhappy with their purchase and looking to offload Jordan even before the team entered under its own name in 2006. Team principal Trevor Carlin quit the team after seven races,[5] and chief engineer and designer Mark Smith before the end of the season.[6] There were consistent reports that the team was linked with a buy-out by former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine.[7]

2006 season

The name of the team was changed to MF1 Racing for the 2006 Formula One season. In the UK a joke emerged regarding this short form being written in the same way as economy furniture manufacturer MFI. Over the winter Russian driver Roman Rusinov tested a new car, the Midland M16 with a new livery (red, white and black to reflect Midland Group's corporate colours) and Toyota engines. MotoGP motorcyclist Max Biaggi also had a test in the car at Silverstone in January.[8] Italian racing car constructor Dallara had originally been contracted to develop the M16, however the agreement was discontinued during the design process after a disappointing contribution from the Italian manufacturer.[9] The senior management subsequently placed its faith in the incumbent design team, promoting former head of vehicle science James Key to the role of technical director towards the end of the 2005 season.[10]

Shnaider had been insistent that Midland intended to field Formula One's first Russian driver - although Russian drivers had tested in the past, mainly for the Minardi team, none had ever raced in a Grand Prix - but instead signed Dutchman Christijan Albers from Minardi,[11] and retained Portuguese driver Tiago Monteiro. The team had previously failed in a bid to sign Takuma Sato.[12]

During the team's very short time in F1, they used three drivers on the Fridays of Grands Prix:

  • Markus Winkelhock at Sakhir, Melbourne, Hockenheim and Hungaroring
  • Giorgio Mondini at Sepang, Imola, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Silverstone, Montreal, Indianapolis, Istanbul and Monza
  • Adrian Sutil at Nürburgring and Magny-Cours

During the last three races, as Spyker MF1 Racing, the team used the following test drivers:

MF1 Collision (crop)
Midland's two drivers collide on the first lap of the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix.

As the 2006 season went on, the team went from running ahead of Super Aguri but behind everyone else, to consistently sparring with other midfield teams such as Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso although it only ever finished ahead of crippled cars, Super Aguri and the occasional Toro Rosso. Much of that progress was down to tyre development from Bridgestone coupled with significant improvements in aerodynamics and handling (overseen by Simon Phillips and Richard Frith respectively). The improved performance saw the team begin to make it into the second qualifying session on an occasional basis - eight times out of a possible 36 overall - with a best qualifying position of 14th.

Unfortunately this increased mid-season performance did not translate into hard results as the team were involved in a number of first-lap accidents, notably at Monaco, Indianapolis and Montreal, and the team was disqualified from the German Grand Prix for running a flexible wing in contravention of the sport's technical regulations.

The team went from being around four seconds off the pace per lap in 2005 to around 2 seconds per lap at the time of its sale to Spyker cars in September 2006.

Sale of the team

Spyker MF1 Team
The Spyker MF1 Racing logo.
Spyker M16 Christijan Albers September 2006
Christijan Albers driving a 2006 M16 in the late season Spyker livery.

Rumours had been floating about in the paddock throughout the mid-season about the possible sale of the team, less than two years after Shnaider originally bought it from Eddie Jordan. Reports suggested a price tag of $128 million, and that Shnaider was seriously considering the possibility of the sale. Formula One teams had become more valuable, because no more teams could enter after 2008, with the maximum of 12 places already filled.

On 9 September 2006, it was revealed that the team was sold to Spyker Cars.[13] Spyker paid $106.6 million for the team.[14] On 10 September ITV Sport said that Shnaider was no longer involved in the team since the announcement of the sale. Colin Kolles remained as team principal, while Michiel Mol became the new Director of F1 racing and member of the Spyker board and Mike Gascoyne joined as Chief Designer at the end of the season. The cars appeared in a revised livery for the final three races of 2006.[15] Name changes are not allowed mid-season, but Spyker were legitimately able to name themselves as the team's title sponsor, so the team raced in its last four Grands Prix under the official name "Spyker MF1 Racing". In 2007, the team competed as Spyker F1. From 2008 onwards, the team competed as Force India.[16]

Complete Formula One results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Chassis Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
Portugal Tiago Monteiro 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15
Netherlands Christijan Albers Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14
  • The team was disqualified from the German Grand Prix for running a flexible wing in contravention of the sport's technical regulations.


  1. ^ "FIA approve Spyker's Force India name change". The Official Formula 1 Website. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Midland F1 confirmed". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. 8 October 2004. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Midland F1 considers Jag buy-out". Autosport. 21 October 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  4. ^ "Russian-Born Canadian Buys F1 Team". The Moscow Times. 25 January 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Trevor Carlin replaced at Jordan". GPUpdate. 9 June 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  6. ^ "Smith leaving Jordan". grandprix.com. 30 January 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Jordan welcomes Irvine F1 input". BBC Sport. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Max Biaggi to test Midland Formula 1 car". News on F1. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  9. ^ Lostia, Michele (14 June 2005). "Dallara Won't Build Midland's Car". Autosport. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  10. ^ "James Key new Midland technical director". formula1.com. 23 November 2005. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Albers named as Midland F1 driver". BBC Sport. BBC. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  12. ^ "Midland offer Sato 2006 contract". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  13. ^ "Midland sells MF1 Racing to Spyker". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. 6 September 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  14. ^ "Midland F1 team sold to Spyker". The Times of Malta. 11 September 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Spyker goes orange". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. 19 September 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2009.
  16. ^ "Spyker change name to Force India". BBC Sport. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 18 April 2014.

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