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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Amid rumours that had been doing the rounds of the F1 circuit, Spyker confirmed their buyout of Midland F1 (which not long ago was called Jordan F1) halfway through the 2006 season. At time of Spker's announcement of the buyout, Michiel Mol, the Director of F1 Racing, Spyker, had assured that Spyker was not in F1 for the sake of it. "We are in F1 to win," he had stated emphatically.

At the time of the buyout, Midland employed Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro. While Albers has retained his place, Monteiro had to move out. He will be replaced by Adrian Sutil of Germany for the 2007 season. It was also recently announced that previous team boss of Midland, Colin Kolles, would continue as the team principal through 2007.

Spyker has made some technical changes to the Midland set up it bought. They will be replacing the Toyota engines with Ferrari ones and also use the Dutch flag and colours on the car livery.

Spyker is a very new player not only in F1, but also in car manufacturing and they will take some time to settle down. But they are one of many new and inexperienced teams on the circuit this season and the race at the back of the pack is sure to get interesting.

Team Boss: Michiel Mol

Races: 28

Race Wins: 0

Constructor's Championships: 0

Engine: Ferrari V8 056

Chassis: F8 VII - SpykerF1

Suspension: SpykerF1

Brakes: Carbon discs

Tyres: Bridgestone

Transmission: Semi-auto 7 speeds

Engine power:
Over 18,500 rpm
GearBox: 7-speed + reverse longitudinal gearbox with electrohydraulic sequential gear change
Weight: 605 kgs (including driver, camera and ballast)
Dimensions: Approx. 5000 mm x 1800mm x 950 mm
Valves: 4 valves per cylinder; pneumatic valve system
Total displacement: 2.4 litres

Team Personnel:
Team manager: --
Designer: John McQuilliam
Chief engineer: --
Drivers: Adrian Sutil (Portugal), Christijan Albers (Netherlands)
Test driver: Giedo Van der Garde, Fairuz Fauzy, Markus Winkelhock, Adrian Valles

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