Spyker to skip pre-Christmas tests

Thu, 23 November 2006, 05:02

Silverstone based F1 team Spyker will not appear at the three pre-Christmas tests in Spain, managing director Colin Kolles says.

The Dutch-owned outfit’s team principal also revealed that Spyker – acquired from the Russian-born billionaire Alex Shnaider in 2006 – is not building an ‘interim’ car for the winter.

“Before Christmas we have no testing plans,” Kolles said, explaining that the lack of running in November and December has nothing to do with the switch from Toyota to Ferrari power.

A test moratorium came into effect after the season ending Brazilian grand prix, but most teams will be back in action from next Tuesday at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya venue.

Spyker’s likely continuing driver for 2007, Tiago Monteiro, said this week that the team will probably start its pre-season test programme in January.

Colin Kolles added: “It makes no sense for us to have an interim car and we are quite familiar with the Bridgestone tyre family.

“We prefer to put all our resources into aero development and then have an upgrade (for the 2007 car) during the season,” he added.


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