Dutch car maker Spyker has wasted no time following its acquisition of the Midland F1 team tonight, confirming the appointment of Mike Gascoyne as the new team's Chief Technology Officer.
Gascoyne, who was dismissed by Toyota earlier this year, in April, is currently on a gardening leave and will assume his new role on November 1st.
"Naturally I am delighted to come back to Formula One to a wonderfully challenging opportunity," Gascoyne commented.
"I know and respect many of the people at Silverstone from my time there previously [as Jordan technical director] and I am confident that we will be able to deliver results."
Spyker further revealed the new team will be named Spyker MF1 Racing, with current Midland F1 team chief Colin Kolles keeping his position in the new outfit.
An announcement on the team's engine provider next season would be made soon.
The Spyker company has also revealed details of the purchase, saying it values MF1 Racing at $106.6 million USD.
The agreement further includes the following:
- Acquisitionto be finalized by September 30, 2006.
- Transaction to be financed by means of a fully underwritten share issue of 2,650,000 shares at €20 per share (totally €53 million, the majority of which will be taken up by Michiel Mol), in addition to an interest free vendor loan for the remainder. The new shares represent 40% of all outstanding shares after the share issue.
- All new issued shares shall have a 180 days lock-up
- The enterprise value for MF1 Racing amounts to US$106.6 million payable as follows:
- Initial payment upon closing per September 30, 2006 of US$68.6 million.
- First deferred payment of US$15 million payable on the first anniversary of closing.
- Second deferred payment of US$ 23 million payable on the second anniversary of closing.
- Earnings per share in the book year 2006 will increase as a consequence of the MF1 Racing acquisition and Spyker Cars expects to be profitable this year.
- Transaction subject to approval by the Extraordinary Shareholders Meeting of Spyker Cars N.V. to be held in Zeewolde on Wednesday September 27, 2006 at 14:00 hours.
Welcoming the new outfit to Formula One, commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone said: "This is great news for Formula One. The entry of another car manufacturer is a further endorsement of the global appeal of the sport."
Official Quotes from Spyker principals:
Victor R. Muller, Chief Executive Officer of Spyker Cars N.V. and Spyker MF1 Racing: "Since we started the company in 2000 we have seen tremendous growth consistently year on year, basically doubling production every year.
"In order to maintain a strong growth path for a company with relatively limited means for marketing, the entry into the Formula One arena is an unparalleled way to both underline Spyker's commitment to racing and to benefit from a massive increase in brand awareness around the globe.
"It is my strong conviction that Formula One racing transmits values which are entirely in line with our brand values: heritage (as early as 1903 Spyker built the famous six cylinder four wheel drive 60HP Grand Prix racer), design, craftsmanship, performance and exclusivity.
"Moreover we expect that the Spyker road cars will seriously benefit from the F1 technology that we now have in-house.
"I am so proud of our team that worked around the clock to make this deal happen. It proves that the logo introduced in 1914 'nulla tenaci invia est via' still holds true today: for the tenacious no road is impassible.
"We welcome with open arms our new partner Michiel Mol who will join me on the Management Board of Spyker and Spyker MF1. His passion and business sense have paved the way for this transaction. He will make a major contribution to the overall success of both Spyker and Spyker MF1."
Michiel Mol, future director of Formula One Racing for Spyker Cars and Spyker MF1 Racing: "Today my lifelong ambition became reality. After being involved with Formula One as a sponsor of teams and drivers for almost 10 years I will now participate as a shareholder in a very ambitious manufacturer owned Formula One Team.
"Formula One has developed as a challenging platform for building global brands. The new regulations will make this high-profile sport even more attractive. I will definitely use all my skills and experience in digital media to make the team one of the most dynamic and appealing for fans and sponsors.
"The Spyker brand values fit perfectly with F1 and my vision. I look forward to working together with Victor Muller. What he achieved by reintroducing the most famous Dutch car manufacturer brand is impressive. F1 will help to make Spyker even more credible and successful. However, we are not in F1 to be in F1. We are in F1 to win.
"I would like to thank Alex Shnaider and Midland Group for doing such a good job to improve the team and giving us a solid platform from which to launch our program. Without their efforts, none of this would be possible.
"Mike Gascoyne joining us is a milestone and the ultimate proof of our ambitions. Together with Colin Kolles he will be able to build a winning team. Hopefully it will not take too long before we hear the Dutch anthem in Formula One for the first time ever. I have a new challenge and nothing is impossible."
Colin Kolles, Team Principal of Spyker MF1 Racing: "I am happy that the deal has gone through. The acquisition by Spyker as a sportscar manufacturer is the next step toward helping the team improve its results.
"The fact that we have also been able to secure the services of Mike Gascoyne, who will work in collaboration with James Key, clearly demonstrates the team`s ongoing commitment to the strongest possible technical direction.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alex Shnaider for his continuing support. Had Midland not stepped in and rescued the Jordan team in February 2005, we would not be in a position to announce this deal today. His investments and commitment to improving the team`s performance have enabled us to push forward, and for that, we are all extremely grateful."
Mike Gascoyne, Spyker MF1 Racing future Chief Technology Officer: "I have only recently met Victor Muller and Michiel Mol and they impressed me enormously with their commitment to Formula One and performance program.
"Naturally I am delighted to come back to Formula One to a wonderfully challenging opportunity. I know and respect many of the people at Silverstone from my time there previously and I am confident that we will be able to deliver results."