A gearbox failure aside, Mike Gascoyne has pronounced himself happy with the performance of the new B-specification Spyker as it made its debut in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.

A significant step forward for the F1 minnows, the revised car has for the first time this season helped Sutil, and to a lesser extend Sakon Yamamoto, haul themselves up to challenge the likes of Toro Rosso and Super Aguri at Monza.

Sutil was particularly impressive, scoring the 19th fastest time in both sessions, each time ahead of Toro Rosso. This was despite losing plenty of running in the afternoon session when a gearbox failure curtailed his day. Nonetheless, the German was impressed with what he found.

"We had a big programme we wanted to try today, but unfortunately we had a gearbox problem early on in the second session, which meant we had to cut short the schedule. We were at least able to do a long run on the softer tyre though, which was quite good.

"I think this morning was in general a bit better as the air was so hot in the afternoon we lost some straightline speed and couldn't improve on our time from the morning. I think there is still a lot more to come from the car though as I am not so happy over the kerbs, it's very snappy there. If we work overnight we should find some more time.''

Technical director Gascoyne was also pleased with the car's maiden showing and the fact that is now challenging those ahead. He also admitted there was more to come over the remainder of the weekend.

"Generally a very productive day with the new spec car. We had a problem with the gearbox on Adrian's car in the second session that delayed him slightly, but overall we had no real mechanical issues.

"From a performance point of view we are certainly very competitive with the group in front of us and are learning all the time about the new car. I think there is more to come."

 

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