Although they admit they were exactly where they expected to be, Spyker were disappointed with their effort in qualifying for the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.

Once again annexing the back row, both Adrian Sutil and Markus Winkelhock came away frustrated not to be closer to the competition ahead, the duo a clear 1.4secs and 2.8secs away from their closest target, David Coulthard.

It was a particularly difficult session for Winkelhock, the German still trying to break the gap down to his team-mate, the replacement this weekend for Christijan Albers admitting he was too conservative on his first lap and too aggressive on his second attempt.

It all transpired to leave him a considerable margin down on Sutil. Nonetheless, Winkelhock is now keen to focus on the job in hand finish his race.

"I'm a little bit disappointed as I know more was possible today. I was already quicker than Friday, but in Qualifying with the first set of tyres I did a safe lap without pushing too much. Then on the second set of tyres I tried to push but we had a little bit too much oversteer.

"Also in the first corner there was a Toro Rosso, it didn't block me, but already the lap could not be perfect from that first corner. I'm not really happy, but at the end of the day, it was pretty certain I was going to be on the last row and I knew I had to focus on tomorrow. The goal is to do a good job without any mistakes, with obviously the biggest target being to finish the race."

Sutil meanwhile was not much happier, but at the same time is happy to be heading into the race with a better balanced car than he had been experiencing in practice.

"In general it's been a difficult weekend, but we improved the balance a lot from yesterday. The track is difficult for us due to the camber change of the roads - we lose a lot of grip in the front when we turn in and have some problems braking into the corners. It always seems to lock up in the front, which is not what you need in Qualifying.

"The lap was OK but I felt I couldn't really push. In this race I think we just have to live with it and concentrate on doing what we can for this race and the next until we get the new car."

 

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