Spyker leaves ‘Friday’ door open

Mon, 21 May 2007, 12:12

Spyker has no immediate plans to run a ‘Friday’ driver at grands prix in 2007.

The Dutch squad intended to make use of the FIA regulation this year but changed its mind following the Giedo van der Garde affair and other teams’ tendency to exclusively give the valuable practice time to their two race drivers.

“We are taking this decision on a race by race basis,” said team principal Colin Kolles, revealing that only Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil will take to the Monte Carlo street layout this week.

Several test drivers remain contracted to Silverstone based Spyker, however, leading Kolles to leave the door open for another change of heart later on.

He said: “I hope that each will have an opportunity to run on a Friday at some point over the course of the year, should circumstances allow.”

The team’s technical chief Mike Gascoyne, meanwhile, warned Spyker fans to not expect a huge step forward when the ‘B’ car debuts in August.

“It will not be as much as we need to be truly competitive; it is more part of the aero development that is ongoing into 2008,” he said.

Gascoyne explained: “Where we are at the moment is a result of the previous lack of investment, (and) we won’t see the improvements on the race track for nine months to a year.”

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