Spyker announce replacement driver

Spyker have confirmed that Sakon Yamamoto will be racing for the team for the remaining seven races of the 2007 season. Yamamoto is replacing Chrisijan Albers who was dropped by Spyker two weeks ago.

Yamamoto is currently racing in the GP2 series for BCN Competition. He is no stranger to the Formula 1 paddock having made his debut in 2005 with the Jordan team at the Japanese Grand Prix. In 2006, he raced in 11 races for Super Aguri and has been their test driver ever since.

“I am very pleased to get the opportunity to race in Formula 1 again,” Yamamoto said. “I know all the circuits we are going to very well, having raced at them with Aguri last year. I also know the team from my test in 2005 so I feel ready for the chance. I want to do the best I can and help the team achieve their objective of moving up the field. I am looking forward to working with them.”

Colin Kolles is pleased to have Yamamoto on-board. “We would like to welcome Sakon back to the team after a long absence,” he said. “He is one of the most promising young Japanese drivers who showed potential in the races he contested in 2006 and I think he and Adrian will be a complimentary pairing. Sakon s experience of the circuits we visit in the second half of the season will be a big advantage to us as we move forward.”