The team may have been running at the back of the field so far this season, but Spyker was celebrating a win of sorts as it joined the Silverstone group test on Tuesday.

Like most of its rivals, the locally-based team wanted to run parts destined for development ahead of the forthcoming French and British grands prix, but had the problem that they were among the freight being returned from the USGP at Indianapolis. The transport deadline was already tight, but stormy weather on the other side of the Atlantic made things more interesting.

However, typical of the team's battling resolve, only a minimal amount track time was lost from the morning session, with Giedo van der Garde and Adrian Valles managing 64 laps, roughly 300km, in the latest chassis to roll off the production line as they worked on a tyre comparison for next month's British Grand Prix, as well as the development of control and brake systems.

"A productive day for the new chassis," technical director James Key said of car number four to make its debut this season, "Everyone concerned did a very good job preparing the car, and a thank you to Ferrari for helping us this morning when we had the delays.

"Both drivers did well, with a reasonable mileage overall, and we completed some useful tyre work for the British Grand Prix that we will continue throughout the test. We also tested some new items on the car, which are more for the longer term, but we made some good progress today."

van der Garde ran the morning session, before handing over to Valles, whose last test with the team had ended in ignominy, and the barriers, in Spain.

"It was nice to get back in the car as I didn't drive in the last test in Barcelona," the Spaniard said, "We had some quite good runs although, at first, I needed to get my confidence up on this track. We tested some positive items that helped the brake balance and control systems and seemed to go in the right direction."

van der Garde returned to the cockpit to open the test, but was restricted in what he could prove, having had to wait for the car to be readied and then get to know the Silverstone layout.

"It was quite a hectic morning with the parts being held up, and we had to wait until mid-morning to get out on the track," he admitted, "We did 28 laps but, as I didn't know the track, it was hard to get a feeling in that short time. It was only towards the end of the laps that I started to feel comfortable with the car again, but I think it was not too bad."

Race regular Adrian Sutil will take over on Wednesday, while Christijan Albers and van der Garde will both drive on Thursday.



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