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Promising first outing for new Spyker 07 Feb 2007

Christijan Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 6 February 2007. © Spyker Christijan Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 6 February 2007. © Spyker Christijan Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 6 February 2007. © Spyker Christijan Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 6 February 2007. © Spyker Christijan Albers (NED) Spyker F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 6 February 2007. © Spyker

Spyker's 2007 challenger, the F8-VII, concluded a successful first day's running at the UK’s Silverstone circuit on Tuesday. With Christijan Albers driving, the team completed 200km and focused on testing systems and gathering data on the new car in advance of its first proper test in Barcelona next week.

Freezing conditions limited track time, but chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne, was pleased with the team's progress throughout the day: "We've had a very successful shakedown despite the cold weather and icy track, which limited our running to between 11am and 4pm, and we had no major mechanical problems.

“It's a tribute to the hard work of the the guys back at the factory that we got the car ready on time and everything ran very smoothly. We expect similar track conditions tomorrow, when we look to continue testing the systems and picking up as much data as we can for Barcelona."

Albers added: "Today we had a really good day, even with the icy track and cold weather. I was happy to do a few laps and learn about the car, and really pleased that there were no major problems. We've now got a good platform for the first test in Barcelona next week, especially with Adrian (Sutil) putting in some more miles tomorrow. Everyone has worked so hard to get the car out on time - they deserve a lot of thanks."

The F8-VII's second shakedown day will take place at Silverstone on Wednesday, with Albers' team mate Sutil replacing the Dutchman at the wheel.