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Revised race livery for Spyker 07 Mar 2007

Markus Winkelhock, Spyker, Silverstone, March 6, 2007. © Spyker

Spyker unveiled a new car colour scheme on Tuesday as they completed their final pre-season running at the UK's Silverstone circuit. Their previous luminous orange and black livery has been replaced by a more subdued, pearlescent orange and tungsten that will now be the Dutch squad’s definitive look for the 2007 Formula One season.

“Whilst the bright orange was a very distinctive colour when you saw it in front of you in the garage or on the track, the colour didn’t transfer well when filmed,” said team principal Colin Kolles, explaining the reasons for the change. “It’s important for the Spyker brand that the colour is uniformly represented by all media and we’re confident this will be the case with the new colour scheme.”

In another ‘first’ for the team on Tuesday, Spyker reserve and test driver Markus Winkelhock got his debut run in the new F8-VII. “We ran a 50km shakedown of the third chassis today and completed the final control system tests,” he said.

“We didn’t have any issues during the day; it was mainly about making sure that the third chassis was reliable. As it’s such a short run today, it’s difficult to make an accurate comparison of the 2006 and the 2007 cars, but I can tell the new car is more stable - it also looks fantastic.”

In addition to the systems checks on the car, the team completed several race pit stops with tyre changes and refuelling in preparation for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 18.