The Spyker team continued its solid progress with the new B-spec F8-VII at Spa-Francorchamps, as both Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto demonstrated a marked improvement in pace relative to other teams, finishing the day just over a second off the top ten.

In unusually sunny and stable conditions in the Ardennes, the team completed a productive programme of general set-up and development work and tyre comparison over longer runs. As temperatures rose in the afternoon, the team moved up the order to finish the day with Yamamoto setting the 17th fastest time in the second session. Despite this being his Spa debut, the Japanese driver enjoyed a solid day, with a minor brake problem on his final lap of the first session being his only issue.

"This was my first day driving at Spa and I really enjoyed it," Yamamoto confirmed, "This circuit is quite fast after the hairpin, so you shouldn't push in just one corner, instead try to drive very smoothly and get into a rhythm. I think you can really see our improvement here from the last test with the A-spec car, there is a real difference. We still have to discuss our programme tomorrow, but we will try to keep going forward as much as we can."

Team-mate Sutil found the day slightly harder going as he struggled to find a good balance, but looked set to record a strong finish until he ran off line and into the barriers going into turn seven at the end of the second session.

'It was again a hard day," the German confessed, "I found it difficult to get a good balance - the car is quite difficult to set up, with either big oversteer or understeer. When I went off on the entry of turn seven, I had some oversteer and just lost it. It was not a big incident, but I could not go on."

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne labelled Sutil's off 'a silly mistake' given that it was on an in-lap, but was generally pleased with the day.

"Overall, the B-spec car is much more competitive here - as we expected," he said, "Both drivers look very good over a long run and on new tyres, and we have to build on this tomorrow. We now have a step forward and I think there is a good chance that we may make it into Q2 tomorrow."

 

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