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There's something strange about Midland's entry to F1. While Red Bull bought a team and turned it into the biggest marketing exercise in the F1 paddock, the Midland F1 group bought Jordan and... well, that's about it. Dieter Rencken sat down with Managing Director Colin Kolles for something completely different

Formula One thrives on suspicion. Request for interviews are met with reams of questions and then, should audiences be granted, times and timeframes - seldom adhered to by interviewees - are laid down. Then, press officers, brandishing inevitable digital voice recorders capable of hearing mice twitch at 20 metres, are invariably present.

Not so with Colin Kolles, Managing Director of Jordan Grand Prix, and its parent Midland F1 Racing Ltd, as the whole shooting match will be known come the start of 2006. A request for an interview with the somewhat misunderstood team principal is requested, and immediately met with, "sure, when and where?" No "what about?" - surprise Number One.

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