Mike Gascoyne, Spyker's technical director has revealed that their B-spec car will not be able to race in Turkey due to the car failing the rear impact crash test. The failure came very unexpected for the team as the structure is similar to the one used on the A-spec. The team should pass the test easily in a week time.
"It's obviously very disappointing to delay the launch, especially considering the hard work that everyone at the factory and track has put in," said chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne."
"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 from this batch and the modifications we tried to make were not sufficient.
"These tests are quite rightly very stringent and difficult to pass, but 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."
Fortunately for the team, 2 older cars were also shipped to Turkey so that they can safely compete the Turkish Grand Prix of this weekend. Their two B-spec cars will be rendered useless for this race but can now be tested ahead of its race debut at Monza.
"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."