Spyker was able to celebrate a double finish with its new B-spec car after Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto finished 19th and 20th in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

The team was hoping to improve its luck with the delayed introduction of the new machine, although qualifying didn't go to plan as the pair were still found languishing at the bottom of the time-sheets and failed to make it past the opening part of the session - with neither driver happy with the results.

In the race itself, the pace of the new cars was stronger than in qualifying although a two-stop strategy worked against both drivers. Having taken the flag in 19th place, Sutil admitted it hadn't been the greatest weekend although he was pleased to bring the car to the finish on its debut.

"Today was not such a good day, but we did at least get to the finish with the new car," he said. "The car balance was not great and at the start it was difficult to keep the temperature in the tyres under the safety car so I had a bad first stint. The second stint was a little bit better but I still had some understeer with the car. It's not been the best weekend but we'll be better in Belgium I'm sure."

With Yamamoto one place further back when the chequered flag dropped, chief technical officer Mike Gascoyne said he was pleased to have both cars through their debut race unscathed and added that he was looking for further progress in Belgium this coming weekend.

"A solid race for us and again our race pace was much more competitive than our qualifying pace showed yesterday," he said. "We chose a two stop strategy for both cars and needed to make up places in the opening laps compared to those doing one stop, but it was always going to be difficult to make the strategy work.

"Both drivers did a very solid race though, particularly Sakon who is obviously getting much more tuned in to the car. It is good to have got two race finishes under our belt with the new B-spec car and I'm sure we'll be able to get more out of it in future races."

 

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