He may have only finished 14th in the end, but Adrian Sutil's stock went up considerably during the Belgian Grand Prix when he proved how quick both he and Spyker could potentially be to the end of the season.

Starting from a season high of 19th, Sutil's decision to adopt a two-stop strategy proved to be a shrewd move as himself and the much improved B-specification simply scythed its way through the order over the opening laps.

Although admittedly aided by a lighter fuel load than most, Sutil was nonetheless thrilling in his surge up the order, the German proving his potential with a number of perfect manoeuvres on more experienced and, usually quicker, drivers.

Eventually, a brief trip across the grass and a less than ideal strategy prevented him from maintaining the 12th place he ran early on, but for Sutil, he was just pleased to have helped Spyker make their mark.

"This is the first time I am smiling after getting out of the car! It was a good race and every lap there were cars in front and behind that I was racing so I had to really push, but also defend.

"It was a great feeling, especially the first run, which was crazy - I could take one car after another and got up to 12th before the first pit stop. We didn't have any trouble in the stops, everything went very smoothly, and I think 14th place with the B-spec car is very good."

Sutil was also praised by Mike Gascoyne for his performance, the team's technical director claiming their performance in the early stages was a major coup for the small budget outfit.

"Obviously a very pleasing and competitive race for us, so well done to everyone in the team. Adrian drove a storming race, especially on his first stint, and if he had been able to get past the one-stopping cars I think we would have been able to finish one or two places further up.

"But overall I think it's good to be racing and overtaking some of the works teams and, as a small team and a true constructor, I think we can be very proud of what we have done today."

 

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