Formula One's first Russian team are looking to the country's space and aviation experts for a competitive edge.

"It is very exciting. It was our plan from day one to have a Russian team in Formula One and we have executed our plan," said Russian-born billionaire Alex Shnaider after Midland unveiled their first car on Friday.

"Now we just have to do better than we did last year," the team owner, who bought struggling Jordan in January 2005, told Reuters. Jordan had only Minardi behind them in the final 2005 standings.

"We are very actively looking now for aerodynamicists and engineers in Russia," added the naturalised Canadian. "There are a lot of very good specialists in Russia, aircraft designers."

Midland have Roman Rusinov as one of four test drivers and have a long-term plan to put a Russian on the starting grid for the first time.

"It will probably take a few years," said Shnaider. "We are looking also at other young drivers. Obviously he has to be as good as the other drivers but I think there is enough talent in Russia."

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