Spyker ‘B’ car cleared for Monza debut

Thu, 30 August 2007, 08:13

Spyker’s delayed ‘B’ car will debut at the upcoming Italian grand prix next month, the Dutch squad announced late on Wednesday.

The heavily revised single seater was scheduled to race for the first time in Turkey last weekend, and two models even travelled with the Silverstone based team to Istanbul.

But on the eve of opening practice, it emerged that the new orange-liveried car had failed the FIA’s mandatory rear impact test and could not be presented for scrutineering.

After the car did 76 laps at the Monza test on Wednesday, however, Spyker confirmed that it had also successfully passed the stringent crash test one day earlier.

The car “will now make its race debut at the Italian grand prix in just over a week’s time”, a statement read, despite Adrian Sutil experiencing a gearbox problem late on its first full day of running.

“Our progress looks promising and we know that there is plenty of potential in the new car,” said chief race and test engineer Dominic Harlow after Sutil logged the slowest best lap of the day.

Sutil added: “It is difficult to say where we are with the new car; Monza is a very special track unlike anywhere else, with less grip, but I think it was a good start.”

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