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Spyker to pass on test extension 02 May 2007

Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Barcelona, Spain, 1 May 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Spyker have confirmed they will not be extending their test session in Barcelona, despite the majority of teams staying an extra day to make up for time lost to Tuesday’s poor weather. Instead, Spyker will head back to their Silverstone base to prepare for next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix.

It has been a somewhat frustrating week in Spain for the Dutch team. Test driver Adrian Valles crashed the car heavily on Monday, demolishing its left-hand side. The Spyker mechanics put in 225 man-hours to repair it for Tuesday afternoon’s session, only for heavy rain to limit Adrian Sutil to 11 laps.

Sutil’s team mate, Christijan Albers, will take over for Spyker’s final session at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday, when the forecast is for much-improved weather conditions. Most other teams will continue testing on Thursday.