Colin Kolles and Mike Gascoyne have both called upon Spyker drivers Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil to cut out the mistakes that saw them miss out on a strong finish in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Relying on races of attrition to get themselves off the mark as they embark on their transition year, Spyker cite Monaco and Canada as being their best chance to get off the mark, but instead saw their drivers fail to finish either race.

Indeed, while Kolles claims the team are continuing to cut tenths off their gap to the leaders, the drivers must now take advantage of this and stop making errors that are undoing the work.

"Again we were again very strong on pace, we were racing other cars and towards the end of the race we were faster than other teams as Christijan was lapping quicker than Alex Wurz, who later finished on the podium," he said.

"Adrian too was a very strong prospect and, given the way the race went, we could have been in for a potential points finish. We got the strategy calls right, so the double DNF was clearly a missed opportunity. But we are no different to any other team out there - there are so many 'what if's' about the race.

"The retirements were avoidable and we know that. We cannot continue making mistakes that ultimately cost us positions and points. As we have seen, anything can happen in a race and we need to be ready and waiting to take advantage. We can't afford to let opportunities go past like this."

Gascoyne was also critical of his drivers following a race that he also described as a 'great opportunity'. Indeed, while the technical director has praised Albers and Sutil in the press for their burgeoning talent, he has nonetheless urged them to keep the car on the track if they want to establish a career in Formula 1.

"The verdict is one of disappointment because obviously it was a great opportunity to score points, and I think with that sort of race you've got to take the opportunities.

But also we had the pace to make something of it. At a race where pretty well every team made some basic errors, we were very much on top of it on the pit wall. We had the right strategy and it was going to come to us.

"In the end what should have been a great opportunity for us was lost through a couple of driving mistakes, and that's very disappointing. To compete at this level you've got to avoid mistakes."

 

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