Spyker F1 team principal and managing director, Colin Kolles has said that they are in 'no hurry' to finalise their driver line-up for 2008.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Kolles added though that they are keen to hang on to Adrian Sutil, who has shown real flashes of potential this season in his debut year at the pinnacle of the sport.

"We are under no pressure to make a decision about 2008 drivers at present," Kolles confirmed.

"Adrian Sutil has a long-term contract with the team and both he and the team would like him to stay next year, but we are in no hurry to announce our second driver.

"We have just launched the new B-spec car that is really starting to demonstrate a step forward in pace and reliability. Our focus now is on achieving our aims in 2007."

Asked how important young drivers are to the team though, particularly in light of the recent decision to sign Roldan Rodriguez as a test driver for the winter period, Kolles added that there has been a shift in philosophy since his first year at the helm under the Midland regime.

"Our strategy has changed from the first year of Midland; we now want to bring on good quality young drivers and then work together to bring in sponsors. I come from Formula 3 and know when to spot a good talent," he continued.

"There are several important items that will make me look at a young driver; talent, professionalism and their potential use as a marketing platform - you have to be able to sell a driver to sponsors, which will ultimately help the team move forward.

"When we signed Adrian Sutil on a long term contract as a test driver we knew he did not have the largest budget to bring to the team, but through his hard work and talent he attracted sponsors who helped him and now he is an established GP driver and one of the most interesting drivers on the grid."



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