The final race for Spyker before the introduction of the B-spec F8-VII in Istanbul saw mixed emotions for the Dutch outfit, with a solid run from Adrian Sutil in Hungary not being matched by new team-mate Sakon Yamamoto.

Although he ultimately finished two laps behind race winner Lewis Hamilton, Sutil produced a solid driver at the Hungaroring as he battled for position throughout with the Honda's of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello.

While Button retired from the race with mechanical problems, Sutil and Barrichello remained locked in battle for the remainder of the race, with Sutil eventually coming out on top to finish in 17th place.

"This race we showed we were quite competitive with the cars in front of us," he said. "We could race Honda, which meant I really had to push and attack every single lap. We did keep them behind until the end, which is a little success with this old car. Let's see what we can do in Turkey now - we know we are much closer in races, so hopefully with a new car we can be even better."

Team-mate Yamamoto however failed to achieve his aim of getting mileage at the wheel of his new machine, with the former Super Aguri race spinning out into the tyre barriers just four laps in.

"After the start I really pushed but suddenly I lost rear grip in turn eleven and spun and crashed," he said. "I just made a mistake so I am really disappointed with this result as I wanted to finish the race, but I will keep working hard and focus on the next Grand Prix, where we will have the new car."

Chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne admitted that the final race for the 'old' spec car was one of mixed emotions, but pointed out that the pace displayed by Sutil was reason for the team to be pleased heading into the three week break before Turkey.

"A good and bad race for us," he reflected. "Sakon made a mistake early on, which is a shame as he'd had a good weekend until that point. Adrian on the other hand had a very good race, showing we were able to match the speed and beat the works Hondas. For a team with our limited resources we can be quite proud of this.

"We know that the race pace is better than we show in qualifying, so we must improve this area, but we can look forward to the updated car in Turkey where we can hopefully finish in front of some more people."

 

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