Colin Kolles

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Colin Kolles (born Călin Colesnic 13 December 1967 in Timişoara, Romania) is the team principal and managing director of the Hispania Racing F1 Team, previously holding a similar position at the team known under the names Jordan, Midland, Spyker and Force India from 2005 to 2008. He is from Ingolstadt, Germany, and his nationality is German.

Kolles qualified as a dentist, which was the family business - although "evidence" that his father was dentist to former Romanian leader Nicolae Ceauşescu is not factual - the cited article being a spoof (re: F1 Racing June 2007). In 2000 he entered racing by establishing the Kolles Racing team in the German Formula Three Championship, and later the TME Racing team in the Formula Three Euroseries. He was appointed as Managing Director of the Jordan Grand Prix team by its new owner, Alex Shnaider, on 19 January 2005.

Despite receiving some criticism in 2005 for his "hard-headed" approach, Kolles kept his position Managing Director of the team, presiding over the launch of the Midland M16 chassis before the 2006 season began. Following the team's takeover by Spyker and then Force India, he remained as managing director.

Despite running a Formula One team,...
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