Van Hooydonk to test Midland at Jerez

Midland MF1 Racing will use its five-day Jerez test from 7th to 11th December, 2005, as an opportunity to evaluate up-and-coming drivers. The team is therefore pleased to announce that Jeffrey van Hooydonk will take part in a one-day test at Jerez...

Midland MF1 Racing will use its five-day Jerez test from 7th to 11th December, 2005, as an opportunity to evaluate up-and-coming drivers. The team is therefore pleased to announce that Jeffrey van Hooydonk will take part in a one-day test at Jerez on 8t h December 2005. Prior to this test, he had a seat fitting at the factory on 15th November.

Colin Kolles, Managing Director of Midland MF1 Racing, stated: "I have known Jeffrey van Hooydonk since he was competing in Formula Renault and Formula Three; two Championships in which he did a good job. Therefore, we are very pleased to give him the opportunity to prove his skills and potential."

Jeffrey van Hooydonk said: "The upcoming test in Jerez is the result of ongoing negotiations between my management, my sponsors and the Midland team since the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. From there, we have been working hard to find a way to organise this test."

"I am happy that we have been in contact for a few months already, as I have been able to work on my physical condition. The circuit in Spain is pretty demanding, with quick corners, so I expect it to be tough on the neck but I think I am fit enough. I have some previous experience driving a Formula One car, as I did a demonstration drive last year with Minardi at Misano, so I know more or less what to expect. I have also quite a lot of experience with single seaters."

"However, it is impossible to compare a Formula One car with any other category of racing car. I expect it to be a hard but exciting day. I am very excited to be given this opportunity, especially as many Belgian fans are eagerly awaiting another Belgian driver in F1. I will definitively give my best and then have to wait and see what the future will bring."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Colin Kolles
Teams Minardi