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Spyker explain Sepang test absence 21 Mar 2007

Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Spyker Chief Technical Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, 14 March 2007

Spyker’s chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne, has defended the team’s decision to skip next week’s major test session at Sepang ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix. Instead, Spyker will be concentrating on readying a major upgrade to their car for the Kuala Lumpur race.

The modifications, which include new barge boards, sidepod inlets, revised bodywork and diffuser, have been researched and developed in Spyker’s new aero facility, Aerolab. According to Gascoyne, the team needs all the time available to finalise their plans and transfer the components to the race cars.

“With the upgrades we’re planning to introduce for the second race, it would not be possible to get them onto the car in time for the Sepang test,” he stated. “The race cars will be shipped direct to Malaysia from Australia, but the team will be flat out modifying the cars in time for the Grand Prix.”

Gascoyne is well aware that testing and resources need to be carefully managed and, as such, believes that taking part in the Sepang test with the current, unmodified car would not give Spyker any clear advantages: “Participating in the Malaysia test would stretch our resources; we’re a small team and we have to pay careful attention to how we allocate the budget.

“We would only run one car without the modifications for three days, but we know the track, we know the tyres and with the extra running time afforded by the Friday practice days now, we will get an opportunity to run the new bodywork before the racing starts. Missing the test will not put us at a disadvantage.”

While the 10 other teams are expected at Sepang between March 27-29, Spyker’s next test is scheduled for April 30 to May 1 in Barcelona, Spain.