Verstappen wants three-day Spyker test

Thu, 31 May 2007, 11:28

Popular Dutch former formula one driver Jos Verstappen has urged Spyker to let him test its 2007 car over at least two days later this year.

It emerged earlier this month that the 35-year-old, who last drove for Minardi in 2003, had been invited by a common sponsor to sample the controls of the F8-VII single seater, possibly at the Belgian grand prix or the Spa-Francorchamps group test.

Verstappen told his column in the morning newspaper Telegraaf on Thursday: “It would only make sense if I can test for a number of days.

“With my experience of formula one, I could help with the development of the car. But two days is the minimum, and ideally three.”

The likely test has been interpreted by some observers as a move to put pressure on Spyker’s current Dutch driver Christijan Albers, who has struggled alongside his rookie teammate Adrian Sutil in 2007.

Verstappen said of his countryman: “It becomes difficult for you when everyone thinks that your teammate is faster.

“And perhaps it is the case.”

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