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Last Updated: Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:19 GMT
Jordan unveil new car in Moscow
Jordan present their new car to the media in Red Square
Jordan have launched their new car near the walls of the Kremlin in Moscow as they prepare for their first Formula One season under new ownership.

The team also announced that Dutchman Robert Doornbos would be the official reserve driver, acting as understudy to Narain Karthikeyan and Tiago Monteiro.

The drivers braved snow and freezing temperatures in the Russian capital.

Russian-born Canadian Alex Shnaider and his Midland group bought the team from Eddie Jordan last month.

Toronto-based Shnaider, 36, has huge financial interests in Russian steel and manufacturing.

"We want to give our team a touch of Russian peculiarity," said Jordan managing director Colin Kolles.

"That's why it's very important to present us here at a very high level.

I hope Russian motorsport fans adopt us as their team
Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan
"Our new owner has Russian roots and we believe this event may become a good platform for a stage of Formula One here in Moscow."

Karthikeyan, who will become the first Indian to compete in a Grand Prix next week in Melbourne, said: "I think Russia, like my home country India, is a nation which would very much like to host a race in the future Grand Prix calendar.

"I hope Russian motorsport fans adopt us as their team and I hope we can make them proud."

Jordan finished ninth out of 10 in the manufacturers' standings last season.

The team was facing collapse when Ford, which supplied the team's Cosworth engines, announced last September that it was withdrawing from the sport.

But Toyota's offer to provide engines allowed Jordan to keep going in 2005.

Doornbos has been named reserve driver after carrying out the same role in the final three races of last year.

He drove in Friday practice before Grand Prix weekends and finished third in the F3000 championship, taking rookie of the year honours.

"We are happy that he will continue working with us to get the most out of Friday free practice sessions," said Kolles.

"At the same time he has an opportunity to keep learning Formula One."

Jordan signed Dutchman Nicky Pastorelli earlier this week as a test driver.


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