Midland drivers ready for French Grand Prix
12 July 2006 – Midland Formula 1 Racing heads to the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours for Round 11 of the 2006 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the French Grand Prix - the first of an intensive European stretch of races that includes three GPs over the next four weeks.
Bolstered by a number of significant suspension and aerodynamic updates tested last week at Silverstone Circuit, the team aims to continue closing the gap to its rivals and registering its strongest race result of the season.
Tiago Monteiro said about the upcoming race: "I like the track at Magny-Cours. I raced there quite a bit while I was competing in France in the lower categories, so I want to be able to take advantage of that experience. It will also be nice for me to see some friends and old sponsors I was close to when I was living there. The team has been working really hard to introduce some new parts for the car, so we need to recompense them with a good finish. We've had some competitive performances that haven't yet translated into good race results, so I really want to keep pushing hard to score the first points for Midland this year!"
Christijan Albers said: "Last year's race at Magny-Cours left a huge impact on me. Literally! Due to technical problems, I lost the car, crashing it at over 200 km/h. That was my first big shunt in Formula 1, but at least it showed me how safe F1 cars are these days. This year, I'm planning on finishing the race and I hope we can build on the qualifying result we achieved in the USA. It's great to be back in Europe, and especially France. This country loves Formula 1, so I hope it will be a good show for the fans and for our team."