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Yamamoto in for Albers at Spyker for rest of 2007 26 Jul 2007

Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Spyker F1 Racing. Spyker F1 Racing announce Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Silverstone, England, 25 July 2007. © Spyker F1 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Super Aguri SA06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Super Aguri F1 SA06  on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 18, Brazilian Grand Prix, Race, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 October 2006

Spyker announced on Thursday that Japanese driver Sakon Yamamoto will replace Christijan Albers as Adrian Sutil’s team mate for the remaining seven races of the 2007 season.

Yamamoto, who has been competing in the 2007 GP2 series, will make his debut for the Dutch team at the Hungarian Grand Prix next month.

The 25 year-old Formula Nippon graduate is already a veteran of seven Grands Prix, after he replaced Franck Montagny at Super Aguri during the final stages of the 2006 season. Despite retiring from his first four appearances, he enjoyed a memorable finish at his home Grand Prix in Japan, ending the race in 17th. The Japanese driver also tested for Jordan, Spyker’s predecessors, in 2005.

“I am very pleased to get the opportunity to race in Formula One again,” said Yamamoto. “I know all the circuits we are going to very well, having raced them with Aguri last year. I also know the team from my test in 2005 so I feel ready for the chance. I want to do the best I can and help the team achieve their objective of moving up the field. I'm looking forward to working with them.”

Commenting on the new line-up, Spyker team principal Colin Kolles said: “We would like to welcome Sakon back to the team after a long absence. He is one of the most promising young Japanese drivers who showed potential in the races he contested in 2006 and I think he and Adrian will be a complimentary pairing. Sakon's experience of the circuits we visit in the second half of the season will be a big advantage to us as we move forward.”

The announcement means Markus Winkelhock, who made an extraordinary debut for the Dutch team at the European event last weekend after leading the rainy Nurburgring race, will return to his role as reserve driver.