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Spyker: no 2008 driver decisions yet 23 Aug 2007

Colin Kolles (GER) Spyker Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 2 August 2007 Roldan Rodriguez (ESP) Minardi Piquet Sports GP2 Series, Rd 6, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday 20 July 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton

Don’t expect any 2008 driver announcements this weekend. That’s the message from Spyker boss Colin Kolles, whose team are one of the few to have not confirmed at least one race seat for next season.

Adrian Sutil has been enjoying an impressive rookie season with the team, while Sakon Yamato starts only his second race for Spyker in Turkey this weekend. Despite this, a number of other names have been linked to the Dutch-owned squad in the press, including Spanish GP2 star Roldan Rodriguez.

“For us it is too early to finalise the 2008 line-up,” insisted Kolles. “At present we are focused on finishing the 2007 season with Adrian and Sakon and working hard to ensure the B-spec (car) is successfully introduced.

“Roldan is someone we are watching since Adrian Campos introduced him to us some time ago and now, after his podium in the GP2 race in Hungary, we are looking at the possibility of testing him fairly soon. But we have no concrete plans for 2008 and it is too early for us to make any decision about next year.”

Kolles also stressed that any reluctance to confirm drivers is unrelated to the current uncertainty regarding the future ownership of the team, which could yet be sold, in full or part, by parent company Spyker Cars.

“Spyker Cars N.V is investigating the option of selling some or all of its shares in the team, but this is just one option available to the company,” he explained. “For the F1 team back in Silverstone, they have seen out many storms and stayed alive; if this is the option that Spyker Cars N.V. follows I do not think this will be any different. We'll still be here in 2008.”

Spyker are still hunting their first 2007 championship point. Their best result of the season to date has been Sutil’s 13th place in Spain.