Spyker Formula One team has just announced their lineup, completing the grid for the 2007 season and ending months of speculation. The young German Adrian Sutil will partner Dutch driver Christijan Albers in the recently purchased team, and thus Tiago Monteiro will not be competing next year.
Monteiro was expected to fill the vacant seat after the Dutch consortium that bought the former Midland team announced the re-signing of Albers. But some strong Friday sessions at last years’ races and a Japanese Formula Three championship impressed the team enough and Sutil was signed.
Sutil is a protege of team boss Colin Kolles, who had this to say earlier today:
Everyone at Spyker was hugely impressed when he drove for us in 2006 which is why we have worked long and hard to get him in the race team. Colin Kolles.
I really enjoyed being in the F1 paddock this year and to be honest I thought I would be a test driver in 2007. I look forward to repaying their faith in me but right now I’m just going to enjoy the best Christmas present ever. Adrian Sutil.
What this means to Monteiro we do not know yet, but I would hazard a guess and say the talented Portuguese driver will return to America in an attempt to reclaim a seat in ChampCars. I think it is a shame Tiago will not be competing as he seemed to be a geniunely nice guy – but Formula One doesn’t always reward the nice, and we’ll have to wait before judging the competitiveness of Sutil and drawing comparisons.