Spyker F1 chief technical officer, Mike Gascoyne believes that the other teams better watch out in 2008 because they are definitely on the up.

The Silverstone-based outfit introduced its new B-spec car last month in Italy and since then Adrian Sutil and Sakon Yamamoto have both been a lot more competitive.

Indeed Sutil finished eighth in Japan last weekend and provisionally scored the teams first ever point, after Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi was given a penalty post-event. Although Toro Rosso is appealing against that decision for now Spyker has gotten off the mark.

"The result in Japan was very satisfying and it really exceeds our expectations as a team," said Gascoyne. "We've introduced a new car; we have a 100 per cent finishing record with it and have raced other teams with a much higher budget than ours.

"To score a point is all we could have asked for and it's a just reward for all the team. Just because we are at the back of the grid, we don't work any less than the teams at the top, so I am very pleased we have got this point and am very proud of everyone involved."

Asked more about the B-spec machine, Gascoyne added its performance is 'very encouraging': "We've now had two cracking races with the B-spec car, and six finishes out of six with it as well. So the team is doing a good job," he continued.

"Teams with far more resources than us have not been as successful or seen such a step forward with the new mods they have introduced, so this result in Japan is very good for the team.

"Now we've got the wind tunnel up and running, give us six months before next season and people will have to look out."

As for what the outfit can achieve in China and Brazil, the two remaining events on the 2007 calendar, Mike reckons that more points isn't out of the question: "The cars in China will be the same specification as the ones we raced in Japan. We were very competitive on Friday and in the race so I hope we should continue to do well in this grand prix.

"If we have mixed conditions, we have already proved that we can get the strategy calls right and, if this happens again, I hope we would be able to score another point and go up another position in the championship. On Sunday there is a chance of another tropical storm, which would make it extremely wet. We'll of course be looking to exploit this," he concluded.

 

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