Revised Spyker passes rear impact test 30 Aug 2007
Adrian Sutil gave Spykers new B-spec challenger its first full day of running at Monza in Italy on Wednesday, a day after the car successfully passed the stringent FIA rear impact test.
It means the team are now on schedule to give the revised F8-VII its race debut in the forthcoming Italian Grand Prix. They were forced to delay its planned introduction at last weekends Turkish round after the car initially failed the test.
Adrian Sutil completed 76 laps on Wednesday - more than 400km - with the new car, which performed reliably throughout the session, although the Germans programme was shortened slightly with a gearbox problem late in the afternoon and a rain shower over lunch.
We worked on finding a good set-up for the race and understanding how the car behaves in low downforce configuration and also tried out the soft and harder tyres, which seemed to work well for us, reported Sutil. It is difficult to say where we are with the new car; Monza is a very special track unlike anywhere else with less grip, but I think it was a good start.
Monza requires a specific aero package of which the validation process was started today, added Dominic Harlow, Spykers chief race and test engineer. The circuit also makes high demands on the brakes, suspension over the kerbs in the chicanes, and on the engine with long periods of hard acceleration.
During the day the team gathered data on all these areas and worked on particular developments for each of the systems. In terms of our preparation for the race here in ten days' time our progress looks promising and we know that there is plenty of potential in the new car.
Sakon Yamamoto will take over driving duties from Sutil on Thursday. It will be the Japanese drivers first time in the new B-spec car and his first-ever test day for the team.