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Spyker to launch B-spec car ahead of schedule 19 Apr 2007

Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Friday, 13 April 2007

Spyker will launch their B-spec car at the European Grand Prix in Germany in July, chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne has revealed. The Dutch team, who have struggled for pace this season, had originally planned to reveal a modified F8 VII at the Turkish round in August.

“We’re actually bringing it forward to Germany,” confirmed Gascoyne. “It’s a new rear end, new gearbox, new radiator layout, new bodywork, and so on. Everyone’s working hard. We already know that aerodynamically it will be a fairly major step, and there will be a big improvement in the stability of the rear of the car. So we’re pretty confident that we’ll make progress.”

Gascoyne also revealed the B-spec car would be the culmination of a series of updates on the team’s existing car, which will take place gradually once the European races get underway in Barcelona in May. Spyker had already introduced slight modifications to their 2007 car in Malaysia.

“It’s less of an update because we’re doing more updates earlier,” added Gascoyne. “The Malaysia package wasn’t originally planned, and we’re doing some parts for Barcelona, and hopefully there will be a package for Monaco. So we’re doing more sooner, which is good.”

Spyker scored their first double finish of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend, but remain without a point at the bottom of the constructors’ standings, alongside Honda, Super Aguri and Toro Rosso.