View Full Version : Dallara to re-enter F1 with Russian backing

Oct 6th, 2004, 01:36 PM
Is this old news? I'm not a subscriber of Autosport so I can't post the whole article, but the start is posted below. It will be announced this weekend at the Japanese GP...could be there in 2005 because it might buy Jaguar, and use those chassis. Hurrah! :)

"An all-new Formula 1 team with cars built and prepared by Italian racing car constructor Dallara will be announced at this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, autosport.com can reveal. And although the outfit is eyeing a 2006 entry, there is growing speculation that it could even be on the grid next year..."

Oct 6th, 2004, 04:23 PM
Well I heard it in August and didn't take much notice
Dallara will be back for the 1st time since 1992 if they do come back :)

I hope though they come back in 2006 so that the 3 car a race thing can happen next year I think that make f1 a bit more intresting :D

Oct 6th, 2004, 04:34 PM
Who the hell are Dallara?

King Aaron
Oct 6th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Who the hell are Dallara?
Ditto. :confused:

Oct 6th, 2004, 05:39 PM
Who the hell are Dallara?

An f1 team from the late 80's to the early 90's they were a midfield team and there best result was when JJ Letho came 3rd in San Marino 1991

I think they went to sports cars after they left f1 :)

Oct 10th, 2004, 10:32 AM
Well it was announced, but it will be a team called Midland F1 with Russian finances :bounce: And Paul Stoddart has done his usual job of 'advising' the new team.

Russians plan new F1 team

A Russian-backed consortium has revealed plans to create a new Formula One team for 2006.
The Guernsey-registered Midland Group has recruited Dallara to build a car for testing next year, though it has yet to sign an engine deal.

"We understand that basic survival in F1 requires a budget of around $100m (56m) per annum and we're prepared for that," said Midland boss Alex Shnaider.

Shnaider said the team were now recruiting a crew and that he believed a Russian driver was a possibility.

"Of course the team will have a Russian flavour and in time we hope to bring a Russian driver into Formula One," said Shnaider, a naturalised Canadian citizen born in St Petersburg.

Ford hopeful of Jaguar sale

Midland's upbeat annoucement comes at an difficult time for F1, with Ford-owned Jaguar and engine manufacturer Cosworth up for sale, and the Jordan and Minardi facing an uncertain future.

But Shnaider insisted the team, to be called Midland F1 and based "on the outskirts of London", had the cash to fund its big ambitions.

"I'm surprised that no one has realised that having a Formula One team is like getting an NBA or NHL franchise for free, as it is one of the world's most popular sports," he said.

"The opportunity to create value is immense and it stuns me that there are not more companies that have identified this opportunity just as we have."

He added: "Our research into coverage of different sports showed that only three events met our criteria for international exploitation: The Olympic Games, World Cup Soccer and Formula One.

First we have to do our homework - put a team together - then we can start thinking about winning

Midland chairman Alex Shnaider

"As the two others are quadrennial Formula One was the natural fit."

The last new team to enter F1 was Toyota in 2002 but it has yet to make an impact, currently lying eighth in the 10-team championship.

But Shnaider insisted Midland F1 could be competitive.

"Everybody wants to win. Midland F1 will be no exception to that.

"But first we have to do our homework - put a team together - the right people, a competitive car.

"Then we can start thinking about winning. But I can assure you winning will be on our agenda."

The announcement may have raised speculation Midland might make a bid for the doomed Jaguar team, but Shnaider appeared to rule that out.

"Midland's involvement is market-driven. And so is the determination to build a team from scratch as opposed to buying an existing one."

Italian manufacturer Dallara was founded in 1972 by Gian Paolo Dallara, a designer of Lamborghini and Maserati road cars.

It entered Formula One with the Ford-powered Scuderia Italia team in 1988 and stayed until 1992.

Dallara has since built cars for junior series and for the American Indy Racing League (IRL), winning the Indy 500 four times in the last six years.

Founded in 1994, Midland says it employs 50,000 people globally.

Its biggest recent project is a luxury hotel and residential complex in the business district of Toronto in association with the Trump Organisation.

Oct 10th, 2004, 10:35 AM
Midland boring name :o

Wonder if they'll have more success than the newest team Toyota :confused: