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Mallya: Spyker to remain a constructor 11 Sep 2007

Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 8 September 2007 Dr Vijay Mallya (IND) CEO Kingfisher with the Fly Kingfisher girls. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 13, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, Saturday, 8 September 2007

Vijay Mallya, the Indian businessman set to become the Spyker team’s new owner at the end of this month, says the Silverstone-based squad will continue to build their own cars.

Changes to the Formula One regulations for 2008 are expected to allow teams to run ‘customer cars’ purchased from other constructors. However, Mallya has ruled out this option, insisting Spyker will carry on designing and building their own.

“I analysed the situation and there was a fundamental issue,” he told Formula1.com. “Spyker is a constructor team - and all new teams that possibly will come into existence in ‘08 are not constructors. I clearly wanted to be a constructor.”

The first team expected to take advantage of the revised ‘customer car’ regulations is that of David Richards’ Prodrive organisation, which is due to make its Formula One debut next season.