Spyker came away from the United States Grand Prix satisfied that they were able to challenge for better positions at Indianapolis, even though Adrian Sutil and Christijan Albers' strategies ultimately proved their undoing.

Coming to the seventh round on the back of criticism that he is making too many mistakes, Sutil largely vindicated himself in the United States with a good start that kept him in the hunt for the positions just outside the top ten.

However, his two-stop strategy in amongst the one-stoppers around him slowed him down as he got held up behind Vitantonio Liuzzi and Alex Wurz, meaning that by the time he had made his stops, the only car he had beaten was that of Albers.

Nonetheless, he was proud to have gotten through the weekend without any of the incidents that prompted Mike Gascoyne and Colin Kolles to criticise him after Canada.

"We had a solid base set-up and after a great start I could really fight with other cars. There seemed to have been a little step forwards since Canada, and it was a very good race for me.

"I am happy to have made it to the end, especially as it was a hard race with the high temperatures. It was tough to push and get as much as possible out of the car, but I'm pleased and now really looking forward to Magny-Cours."

With a faster best lap time than either of the Toro Rossos and a Honda, Gascoyne was pleased with Sutil's improved effort but was disappointed to have lost out on strategy.

"A reasonable weekend and race for us. It's slightly disappointing not to have a better result as today we certainly had the pace to finish in front of some people.

"Adrian made a good start on a two stop strategy but unfortunately we lost too much time behind the Toro Rosso in the first stint. Although Adrian pushed hard in his middle stint, he just couldn't get enough to jump the cars in front that were on a one stop strategy. He was quicker at the end so it was disappointing not to have finished in front of more cars.

"Overall it was a much better weekend for us; at least we were involved in the race with the group in front. We now have to make sure that we start finishing in front of some of those people, but well done to everyone in the team."

 

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