The Midland F1 team effectively signed off the last reminder of the previous Jordan era by completing a 1200km test at Silverstone with one of the EJ15B chassis it inherited from the previous regime.

Running was shared by 2006 entries Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro, interrupted only to give MotoGP outcast Max Biaggi a Formula One refresher on Wednesday, with the Dutchman setting a 1min 34.33secs best in wet conditions, and the Portuguese a 1min 26.71secs lap as conditions improved later in the week.

The four-day test saw the team running the all-new Toyota V8 engine in conjunction with its 2006 gearbox, electronics and rear suspension package, all packaged in the venerable, if generally unloved, EJ15B interim chassis.

"We have had a very productive week and, despite the wintry damp conditions, managed to accumulate over 1200km with Tiago and Christijan," reported sporting director Adrian Burgess, "We ran the EJ15B with the V8 engine, and introduced our 2006 gearbox, rear suspension package and new electronics components due for the M16. This has given us a good insight into the major parts of the M16 car, and the reliability has given us confidence for the package as a whole."

The first bespoke Midland chassis is the next milestone on the team's calendar, and will be officially launched on 3 February.

"It was good to be back in the car after a month off, and the four days were productive as we were trying a few new parts for the new car," Monteiro admitted, "Despite the weather, we were able to test a lot of reliability issues in the rain and, luckily for me, the dry. Overall, this gave us a general idea of the direction we're going, and now I can't wait for the launch of the new car in early February."


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