Winkelhock hopes for Friday action

Mon, 5 February 2007, 05:04

Germany’s Markus Winkelhock could this year be another driver to enjoy some Friday practice action at the wheel of a Spyker.

The German 26-year-old last year appeared for the Silverstone based squad on some Fridays, but in a press statement last week Spyker suggested that only Fairuz Fauzy and Giedo van der Garde were guaranteed seats on the first day of grand prix action in 2007.

If he does appear on Fridays this year, however, Winkelhock would also join the likes of Sebastian Vettel (BMW) and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who has been promised at least seven outings for Williams that do not clash with his GP2 campaign.

Winkelhock, whose late father Manfred also drove in formula one, told that he will attend all seventeen races this year.

“Because of the new rules, it is not certain how the team will organise the Fridays,” he said.

Winkelhock added: “Naturally I would be happy to drive in free practice, but it might be more logical to let the race drivers do it.”

He also said he did not know when he would make his 2007 test debut.


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