Spyker F1 team boss, Colin Kolles has confirmed that he wants 'his' team to try to overhaul Honda in the final two races of the season and grab eighth place in the constructors' championship.

Spyker finally opened their account in Japan last weekend when Adrian Sutil finished eighth and while that result is provisional - pending the result of Toro Rosso's appeal after Vitantonio Liuzzi was penalised, Kolles is still bullish and with Honda only 1 point ahead is eager to see them get ahead of the Brackley-based outfit.

"Our aim was to finish in the top 10 [in the constructors'], so to be 9th is beyond our expectations. Financially it will be very important, but for the motivation of all the team members it is a real boost.

"Of course now we have got it, we will still want more! We've been quicker than the Hondas in the past two races and they have two points, so this is now our target," he noted.

Asked about the result in Japan, Kolles was clearly delighted, especially after a pretty difficult year.

"After Midland failed to score any points in 2006, it was our aim this year to secure at least one point with Spyker. At the start of the championship everyone said it wasn't possible, but now thanks to the hard work and continued determination of the team we have finally got it," he continued.

"It's a great reward to everyone and it will be a good motivating factor going into the winter and next season."

As for the performance of Adrian Sutil, Colin was clearly impressed and glad that the move to sign the German is really starting to pay off: "A lot of people thought after the mid point of the season that Adrian was quick, but I believe they also thought he was a little too 'enthusiastic'.

"We always knew that taking a rookie driver on will have these risks, but also knew that he had the potential to be very, very good.

"In Turkey he kept calm when he was being put under pressure by the Hondas; in Belgium he showed he could be patient and attack only when the time was right. Now in Japan in difficult conditions he kept it on track and got past a lot of experienced drivers. I think this shows clearly how far he has come and how much he has matured."

 

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