The team currently known as ‘MF1 Racing’ is likely to race into the 2007 season with the same driver lineup, according to Tiago Monteiro.
The 30-year-old racer revealed in a column that, even despite the team’s possible change of ownership to a Dutch consortium, Midland is nearing the decision to retain both him and teammate Christijan Albers.
”I have no reason to change teams,” Portugal’s Monteiro told website f1racing.net. ”It’s good to go on with the same people.
”In this respect, everything is under control. My management is finalising the contracts. I think my team mate … will stay too, which would be good.”
Should Monteiro be retained, and the team is sold for an estimated $100m, his three-season tenure will have spanned the Silverstone-based squad’s three identities; as Jordan (2005), MF1 (2006), and the new name selected by the ‘Lost Boys-Spyker’ consortium for 2007.
Monteiro continued: ”Both (current owner) Alex Shnaider and the possible new owners want the same kind of team.
”My management (has) had discussions with both of them. With my engineers, I’m looking at next year’s car. It looks good.”