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Spyker conclude Silverstone shakedown 08 Feb 2007

Adrian Sutil (GER) has his first test in the new Spyker-Ferrari F8-VII. Spyker F8-VII First Test, Silverstone, England, 7 February 2007. © Spyker

Spyker completed their two-day shakedown of the new F8-VII at Silverstone on Wednesday. The Dutch-owned team reported positive progress, despite new race driver Adrian Sutil putting the car into the wall late in the day.

Taking over driving duties from Christijan Albers, Sutil completed 134 kilometres in a repeat of Tuesday’s freezing weather conditions. Once more the team concentrated on gathering engine and control systems data in advance of the F8-VII’s first true test in Spain next week.

“It’s been another useful day of testing,” commented chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne. “We solved some minor mechanical issues we had yesterday and now head to Barcelona to continue the programme in warmer temperatures. Overall it was a very positive shakedown and a good basis to start from.”

Sutil had covered 38 laps when he ran slightly off-line on to an icy kerb and into the barriers, causing minor damage to the new car. With temperatures dropping and heavy snow predicted in the early evening, the team took the decision to return to the factory and consolidate the day’s data for next week's test.

“Today was actually very good for a first roll out, and the car was quick,” said Sutil. “This year’s car is definitely better than last year’s car and we had no real technical problems. I put in some quick lap times from the start and I could tell the engine was very, very good.

“Of course the end of the day was disappointing; I went on the kerb and touched a strip of damp grass - if you touch it you know you will have problems. It wasn’t a big crash, we will repair the car and get out back in time for Barcelona.”

Spyker will next be in action for the three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya, beginning on Monday.