Spyker F1's latest recruit, Sakon Yamamoto, has admitted that he does not expect the Hungarian Grand Prix to be easy, having received a late call-up to fill the vacant seat alongside Adrian Sutil.

The Japanese driver does have recent F1 - and Hungaroring - experience, having raced with Super Aguri this time last year, but has been plying his trade, with little success, in GP2 this season and had not had the chance to drive an F1 machine - again a Super Aguri - at the pre-season Abu Dhabi media event.

"After I'd finished the Brazilian Grand Prix, I tried to become second driver for Super Aguri, but they decided to use Anthony Davidson, so we went into GP2," he confirmed, "The last time I [raced] was the Brazilian Grand Prix last year, although I also drove in the Abu Dhabi Festival, but I haven't had any testing, so it means that [Hungary] will be the first time in a Formula One car this year."

Yamamoto admitted that he had not expected to return to F1 quite so soon, especially after GP2 with BCN has yet to yield a point.

"I decided to go into GP2 to try and get back into Formula One, because I thought that was the best series in which to graduate to be a Formula One driver," he revealed, "The season was really tough at the beginning but, since the middle of the season, we have been getting better with the set-up, and we were looking forward to a really good set-up for Hungary.

"However, on the Sunday morning after we had finished the GP2 race [at the N?rburgring], I heard [about the Spyker opportunity] from my manager but, at that time, I was really surprised because I didn't expect that Spyker would make me an offer."

Although stepping into the F8-VII will be a novel experience for the Japanese driver, he does at least recognise some familiar faces within the Spyker operation.

"Everything is different, so it shouldn't be so easy, but I know some stuff from driving for Jordan Grand Prix, so it was really easier for me to get familiar with the team," he explained, "Tomorrow, I want to use the maximum of three hours to make sure the seat fits and get to know as much as I can about the car."

 

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