The Spyker B-spec car was due to make it s debut at this weekend s Turkish Grand Prix. However the car failed a rear-impact test last week meaning it s debut has had to be postponed. The car will be re-tested next week and the team are confident it will pass and will be able to make its debut at the next race in Italy.
The team are obviously disappointed with the results of the test, however they understand the reasoning behind the failure. Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne explained, “It s obviously very disappointing to delay the launch, especially considering the hard work that everyone at the factory and track has put in.
“Unfortunately, last week we had an unexpected failure of the rear crash test, possibly due to problems with a batch of material used. Unfortunately all the other structures available we had to test were form this batch and the modification we tried to make were not sufficient. These test are, quite rightly, very stringent to pass and we did not expect to have a problem as the structure is very similar to the A-spec one. We are confident that we understand the problem however and should be able to pass with no problems next week.â€
The Spyker team will be racing this weekend with their A-spec car. They have yet to test their B-spec car, so the postponement is not a total loss. “We will concentrate on doing the best we can this weekend,â€ Gascoyne continued.
“As we were aware we had a problem, we brought two A-spec cars as well as two B-spec cars, so we will not have any problems switching back, but it is just disappointing not to have the performance increase as planned. On a more positive note, we will now be able to test the car at the pre-Italian Grand Prix test next week at Monza which should allow us to be in better shape.â€