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Gascoyne: more updates for Spyker in Japan 24 Sep 2007

Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Spyker Chief Technical Officer.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Saturday, 21 July 2007 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Spyker F8-VII makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 15 September 2007 Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Race, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 16 September 2007 Sakon Yamamoto (JPN) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Belgian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Friday, 14 September 2007

Spyker’s chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne has revealed that the team will introduce more updates to the F8-VII at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. The team launched their B-spec car at the Italian race earlier this month.

“We have new aero parts coming through for Japan,” Gascoyne commented. “As we stated at the launch of the new B-spec car, the debut was only the start of the process. We have new rear wings, amendments on the front wing and now there will be new parts from at every race until the end of the season.”

Spyker enjoyed a positive race at the last Grand Prix in Belgium, with Adrian Sutil finishing in 14th, ahead of both Super Aguris, and just three seconds behind Honda’s Rubens Barrichello. Gascoyne hopes that Sutil’s pace in Spa is just a glimpse of an ongoing upswing in performance.

“The whole team was certainly buoyed by the progress in Spa,” he said. “We very clearly showed the step forward with the B-spec car, which has given a lift for the whole team. I think we can be really confident going into next year.”

As well as the updates, Gascoyne believes the background of drivers Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto may also help catapult the team into the midfield at the Fuji Speedway. With Sutil a former Japanese Formula Three champion and Yamamoto a graduate of Formula Nippon, both Spyker pilots have driven at the track before.

“People forget that we still have two very inexperienced drivers mostly going to circuits for the first time, but in Japan we should have an advantage as both drivers have a lot of experience of the circuit,” he added. “The other drivers don’t have any experience of the track so the playing field should be more level.”

Spyker are currently tenth in the constructors’ championship and are yet to score a point this season.