Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil head to Canada boosted by the smaller gap between themselves and the teams immediately in front at the last round in Monaco, but admit that Spyker needs to sort its reliability problems.

Given an extra morale boost by Sutil's fastest time in Saturday's wet session in the Principality, the Silverstone team heads to the two transatlantic 'flyaway' events knowing that its B-spec car is getting closer to hitting the track, but with race-specific developments still appearing on the original F8-VII.

"The gap to the others was smaller [in Monaco], for sure, and we were not that far away in the race, so it was a shame we could not finish, especially so close to the end," Albers admitted, "Of course, Monaco is a special track and the differences in cars are not so obvious, but I hope we can keep up like this for the rest of the season.

"We found some gains at the Paul Ricard test, and we were able to put in some kilometres and gather some reasonable data for the Canadian race, which should help us. We know that we are still lacking in top speed and Canada is a high speed track, but we tested some issues that will help us in the braking areas and with balance and set-up."

Sutil revealed that he had enjoyed actually being able to race for position in round five and, had it not been for a simple driving error, reckoned that he could have made it to the finish. Buoyed by his weekend in Monaco, he is now hoping to carry the momentum to Montreal.

"We did see an improvement in the race and put in a good performance," the German commented, "The car was quick and we could race and out-qualify other cars, so it's a shame we didn't finish. I just ran a little wide and hit the barriers, but I still did over 50 laps and got a good feel for how things were going. We were able to fight with the Aguri and the Toyota, which was very interesting, and I think we could be in the same position again in Canada.

"We made some improvements in the test and the performance was, overall, quite good. We used the low downforce set-up on the long straight, but it's not that similar to Montreal as there are not as many chicanes. Hopefully, the developments we found will work in Montreal though, and we will continue at the same rate we did in Monaco. The goal has definitely got to be to keep cars behind us, have a clean race and get to the finish."

While Sutil has yet to drive the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, his team-mate is looking forward to getting back on track there.

"I have had some good results there before - in 2005 with Minardi I qualified 15th, which was better than we ever hoped for at the time," he noted, "I really enjoy driving there, and the event is fantastic as you are only four or five minutes from the city, so there is a good atmosphere.

"As always, we will be pushing for a good result. It's not always easy, but we have to go for it and push - the guys back at the factory really deserve it. At this point in the season, we have to wait for the B-spec car to move forward a little bit more but, now, as a team, we have to concentrate on getting every small detail right to be competitive. We cannot afford to make any mistakes now, so that's got to be the goal at this race and every race from now on - to be on top of everything."

 

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