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Spyker unveil new rear-end package at Silverstone 26 Jul 2007

Markus Winkelhock (GER) Spyker F8 V11.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 21 July 2007 Giedo Van Der Garde (NDL) Spyker Test Driver Formula One Testing, 10-12 July 2007, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. World © Moy/Sutton

Spyker tested a new rear-end package and gearbox at Silverstone on Wednesday, ahead of the launch of their B-Spec car at the Turkish Grand Prix in August. Test driver Giedo van der Garde took charge of the revised F8-VII at the British circuit.

Running on the short Stowe Circuit configuration, van der Garde covered 151 laps, which equates to just under 200 kilometres. Although heavy rain limited the Dutch team’s afternoon running, the new package enjoyed a productive first outing and suffered no major mechanical problems.

“It was good to get back in the car, if only for a short time,” explained van der Garde. “We tested the new rear end of the car and we didn't have any problems at all - apart from the weather! It's difficult to get a feel for the car on such a short track, but the fact it ran reliably from the start is a big plus point.”

Dominic Harlow, Spyker’s chief race and test engineer, added: “The new systems ran faultlessly through the day and a good deal of information was collected to allow us to move on to the next stage of our plan for improving the performance of the F8-VII.”

Besides the modified rear-end and new gearbox, the squad’s B-Spec car will feature new bodywork and a different radiator layout. Spyker are currently at the bottom of the constructors’ standings and are the only team, other than Toro Rosso, yet to score a point.