Gallery: Jordan retrospective

The confirmation on Monday that Midland F1 owner Alex Shnaider has signed a deal to take over Jordan Grand Prix marks the end of an era for one of the sport's most colourful independent teams.

Gallery: Jordan retrospective

Although the outfit's charismatic Irish owner Eddie Jordan is expected to stay on board as commercial director, he will relinquish overall control of the team and it is possible that Shnaider will seek to rename the team after 2005.

After racing himself with some success in the junior formulae, Jordan set up Eddie Jordan Racing in 1980, going on to win the 1987 British F3 title with Johnny Herbert and the 1989 F3000 honours with Jean Alesi.

Jordan made the step up to Formula 1 - an environment he tagged "the Piranha Club" - under the Jordan Grand Prix banner in 1991. In the intervening 13 years he has experienced more than his share of the sport's highs and lows, from championship-challenging form with Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 1999 to subsequent years spent in the lower reaches of the midfield.

Autosport.com has put together a gallery, drawn from the archives of LAT Photographic, chronicling some of the key moments in the team's history.

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