Spyker F1 MD Colin Kolles has admitted that he is hopeful that either Adrian Sutil or Christijan Albers can record a top ten finish as the Formula One circus visits the unpredictable streets of Monaco this weekend.

Optimism within the Silverstone camp was raised by Spykers second consecutive double finish in Spain two weeks ago, and Kolles points to the tricky nature of the series only current street circuit as being the ideal spot for reliability to win through.

"Until Spain, we were behind Toro Rosso as they had a better finishing record than us, but the double finish moved us back ahead, which showed we were making progress," he explained, "It might not seem a lot, but it's very important for us to be in the top ten. We cannot be happy with this in the long-term, of course, but we have to make the most of what we can achieve at present. The atmosphere is good as we can see we are moving forward.

"Monaco is known as a hard race and you can never predict what will happen. You could start on pole and then be knocked out at the first corner, or start at the back, it rains, you get the strategy right and suddenly you're in the top eight. If we keep out of trouble and are reliable, we could be in the top ten."

Both Sutil and Albers know Monaco well, with the German holding the current F3 lap record from 2005, when he was team-mate to current F1 sensation Lewis Hamilton. While Sutil has yet to make his F1 debut in the Principality, however, Albers has raced there twice, in 2005 and 2006, getting his car to the finish on both occasions, and Kolles is happy that this experience will be sufficient for an encouraging result this weekend.

"We always knew this season was going to be tough, with new management, new drivers and a new engine, so the most we could hope for in the first races was good reliability and solid finishes," he explained, "I wouldn't be honest if I said I was happy with the first two events, but it's far better that we make these mistakes early on, while we are still developing as a team, rather than later in the season when there's much more at stake. I was much more satisfied in Bahrain, and we carried on the momentum in Spain, so now we've got to build on this going into Monaco and beyond.

"I have known Adrian for a long time and knew what he was capable of," he said, "I knew he would push Christijan hard, but this is what we need as Christijan has to be on top form to do well. Christijan himself will say that it's good for him - if you look at the times in Spain, there was nothing in it at all. Now Christijan knows what's expected, it can only be good for the team as we get the most out of each driver."

Despite giving Fairuz Fauzy, Giedo van der Garde and Adrian Valles track time in recent test sessions, Kolles ruled out the possibility of any of Spyker's reserve pilots getting a run at Monaco.

"We are taking this decision on a race by race basis but, as Monaco is a very difficult circuit, we want our race drivers to have the maximum amount of track time possible to be ready for qualifying," he explained, "Our test drivers continue to run in the car to build up their experience and I hope that each will have an opportunity to run on a Friday at some point over the course of the year, should circumstances allow."

 

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