Winkelhock to make race debut with Spyker this weekend 18 Jul 2007
Spyker have confirmed that their German reserve driver, Markus Winklehock, will make his Formula One race debut with the team in this weekends European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
Winkelhock temporarily steps into the seat left vacant by Christijan Albers, who parted company with Spyker last week after contractual difficulties. The team have yet to confirm who will partner their other race driver, Adrian Sutil, for the rest of the season.
Obviously its a dream come true said Winklehock. I havent had much time in the car this year but Im physically and mentally prepared. Its a one-off opportunity at the moment and I will make the most of it.
Spyker team principal Colin Kolles added: I am pleased to be able to reward Markus for his patience and loyalty to the team over the last 18 months with his F1 debut at the Nurburgring. Its very much a one-off race at the moment as we need some more time to decide who will be Adrians partner for the rest of the year.
Winkelhock, 27 and from Stuttgart, is the son of the late Formula One and sports car racer Manfred Winkelhock. He made four Friday practice appearances for Spyker (then Midland) last year and was named an official test driver ahead of the 2007 season. This year he has also continued to compete in the DTM touring car series in his home country.
Speculation over who will get the full-time Spyker race seat has focused on Honda tester and ex-Red Bull racer Christian Klien, who made his test debut with the Dutch team at Spa last week.