Jordan Grand Prix held the official presentation of its 2005 car in Moscow's Red Square on February 25th, with drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro braving the snow to greet the media. The team also confirmed that Robert Doornbos, who...
Jordan Grand Prix held the official presentation of its 2005 car in Moscow's Red Square on February 25th, with drivers Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro braving the snow to greet the media. The team also confirmed that Robert Doornbos, who drove for Jordan last season as third driver for three races, has been signed as official third and test driver for 2005.
Jordan, founded in 1991 by Irishman Eddie Jordan, was recently taken over by Alex Shnaider's Midland Group. Shnaider, a naturalised Canadian, was born in Russia and his plan is to reinvent the team as a successful Russian venture. It's thought that Jordan will be renamed MidlandF1 in 2006.
"We want our F1 team to have a Russian flavour so it was very important to introduce ourselves appropriately to the media and business here in Moscow," said managing director Colin Kolles. "We want to show them how thrilling Formula One is and I hope that it has been exciting for people to see a Formula One car and racing drivers here at the heart of the Russian capital."
Sporting director Trevor Carlin added: "We are delighted to be able to bring our Jordan car and drivers to Moscow. It's a magnificent city and we really are honoured to be hosted as F1 representatives in Russia. We are meeting some fantastic people during our visit and I wish it had not been such a brief stay. We're going directly to Melbourne now to make our final preparations for the Australian Grand Prix -- we can't wait to race!"
Karthikeyan, who previously drove for Carlin in F3 and various other formulas, will be F1's first ever Indian driver. "I think Russia, like my home country India, is a nation which would very much like to host a race in the future Grand Prix calendar," he said. "There are many similarities between us, although the climate is certainly not one of them!"
"I think the main thing is more and more people are now backing Formula One. It's such a great business opportunity for sponsors and with the sport attracting interest in new countries, the fans are increasing in number by the day. I hope Russian motorsport fans adopt us as their team and I hope we can make them proud."
Monteiro has also driven for Carlin in the past and raced in the Nissan World Series last year, where he finished second overall. "I'm really excited to visit Moscow," said the Portuguese driver. "This is my first time in Russia and I'm impressed with how striking the place is and how busy and welcoming the people are.
"It is great to be able to bring the car with us just days before we leave for the first race, so Russian people can experience F1 up close in their own country. I really appreciate the support we have from fans here and it's going to give us an extra boost of motivation in Melbourne in a week's time and throughout the whole season."