No Friday drive for Spyker’s Valles

Thu, 10 May 2007, 05:56

Spyker test driver Adrian Valles will not as expected appear for the Dutch team on the Friday preceding this weekend’s Spanish grand prix.

It was earlier reported that the 20-year-old Spaniard was hopeful of the drive at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, after racking up the miles for his mandatory FIA Super License at the group test last week.

But the Spanish news agency EFE reveals that, while Valles was thought to have done enough laps to qualify for the coveted document, he has not officially obtained a Super License in time.

“I really wanted to drive in front of my countrymen but the request for the Super License was sent behind schedule,” Valles explained.

“Still, I am happy, because the team has told me that I am doing a good job and that I can drive as third pilot at later grands prix.”

Valles added: “It wasn’t to be this time, but we’ll see what happens at the upcoming races, and next year I hope to be an official driver for the team.”

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