Midland sign Pastorelli as third driver

Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli will be the Midland team's official test and Friday driver in 2006, the F1 squad announced

Midland sign Pastorelli as third driver

This way, the 22-year old becomes Midland's first confirmed driver for next season.

Pastorelli was already the official test driver for Jordan in 2005 and was part of the Young Driver development Program initiated by Midland F1.

"I am very happy to be given this great opportunity to drive for Midland in 2006 as the official test and Friday driver," said Pastorelli. "During 2005, I have come to know and appreciate the team and I am delighted to be able to continue working with them in 2006.

"This also means that they were happy with the job I have done; so for me, this is very encouraging. I am really looking forward to 2006 and to doing my best for the team."

Jordan boss Colin Kolles added: "I have been watching Nicky's career for a few years now and I was convinced he could do a good job for the team. Therefore we decided to give him an opportunity as our official test driver in 2005.

"He proved himself very competent in F1 and now we are happy that he will continue working with us in 2006 to help us get the most out of Friday free practice sessions and at the same time he has an opportunity to keep on learning Formula One."

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