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Honda's Klien to test for Spyker at Spa 11 Jul 2007

Christian Klien (AUT) Honda RA107 Test Driver 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Preparations, Silverstone, England, Thursday, 5 July 2007 Christian Klien (AUT) Honda F1 Racing Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, British Grand Prix, Practice Day, Silverstone, England, Friday, 6 July 2007

Honda reserve and test driver Christian Klien will swap his RA107 for a Spyker at Spa on Thursday as he tests for the Dutch team at the Belgian circuit. The news comes just a day after Spyker announced it had terminated its contract with race driver Christijan Albers.

“I am very happy to have been invited to test for Spyker at Spa, one of my favourite tracks, and to have the opportunity to work with a team which is determined to make progress this season,” explained Klien. “I would like to thank Spyker for this opportunity and also the Honda team for its help and support in permitting me to test for another team on this occasion.”

Although the 24 year-old Austrian has been mooted in some reports as a possible replacement for Albers, Spyker team principal Colin Kolles stressed that no decision had been taken with regards to the squad’s vacant race seat.

“We are very grateful to the Honda team for releasing Christian at such short notice to drive for the final day of our three-day test at Spa,” said Kolles. “There are many elements to be considered before we can make our final decision on drivers and we will carefully evaluate all the options over the coming days before making any announcement regarding the European Grand Prix and beyond.”

Explaining Honda's decision to loan Klien to Spyker for the test day, the Japanese team’s sporting director Gil de Ferran said: “Christian has had limited time in the car this year as a result of the testing regulations. This test with Spyker could lead to him returning to a race seat and those opportunities do not come along often. As we have demonstrated on previous occasions, Honda will do whatever is possible to help our young drivers to further their careers and keep moving forward.”

Klien, who raced for Red Bull last season, has competed in 46 Grands Prix since his Formula One debut at the 2004 Australian Grand Prix. He joined Honda as tester and reserve driver in November 2006.