Midland M16

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Midland M16
Spyker M16
Tiago Monteiro 2006 April.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor MF1 Racing
Designer(s) James Key
Predecessor Jordan EJ15B
Successor Spyker F8-VII
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre monocoque
Suspension (front) Composite pushrods activating chassis-mounted in-line dampers and torsion bars, unequal length composite areodynamic wishbones, front anti-roll bar and cast uprights
Suspension (rear) Composite pushrods activating chassis-mounted in-line dampers and torsion bars, unequal length composite areodynamic wishbones, front anti-roll bar and cast uprights
Engine Toyota RVX-06 V8 naturally aspirated
Transmission Midland 7-speed sequential, longitudinal
Fuel Esso[1]
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants MF1 Racing/Spyker MF1 Racing
Notable drivers 18. Portugal Tiago Monteiro
19. Netherlands Christijan Albers
Debut 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
18 0 0 0 0
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Midland M16, also known as the Spyker M16, was the car with which the MF1 Racing team competed in the 2006 Formula One season. It was driven by Tiago Monteiro, who had driven for the team in 2005 during its Jordan guise, and Christijan Albers, who moved from Minardi.

Although Eddie Jordan had sold his team prior to the start of the 2005 season, 2006 marked the first year for the team under the Midland banner. However, team owner Alex Shnaider would soon become frustrated with the vagaries of being a tail-ending team, and sold it to Spyker Cars just before the Italian GP. The cars' livery accordingly changed from red-and-grey to Dutch orange-and-silver, but the team was called Spyker MF1 Racing as a compromise to its sponsors.

On the circuit, the car was a definite improvement on the Jordan EJ15, but it was not enough considering other teams' advances. Despite this, Albers put in some strong showings in the latter stages of the season, and generally outperformed Monteiro, who lost his excellent 2005 reliability record. The Portuguese was subsequently replaced by sometime-third driver Adrian Sutil for 2007.

By the end of the year, the focus was on 2007 with Spyker's full support, a new driver and Ferrari engines, replacing the Toyota units.

The team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.

Sponsors: rhino's, Toyota, Bridgestone, Esso, JVC, Mingya.cn, ZIM, Superfund, TrekStor, Midland Group, Spyker (from Italian GP onwards)

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points WCC
2006 MF1 Racing
Spyker MF1 Racing
Toyota V8 B BHR MAL AUS SMR EUR ESP MON GBR CAN USA FRA GER HUN TUR ITA CHN JPN BRA 0 NC
Tiago Monteiro 17 13 Ret 16 12 16 15 16 14 Ret Ret DSQ 9 Ret Ret Ret 16 15
Christijan Albers Ret 12 11 Ret 13 Ret 12 15 Ret Ret 15 DSQ 10 Ret 17 15 Ret 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ statsf1.com, retrieved January 13, 2007