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Spyker warn drivers against further mistakes 14 Jun 2007

Colin Kolles (GER) Spyker Team Principal and Mike Gascoyne (GBR) Spyker Chief Technical Officer in the background.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 16 March 2007

Spyker bosses Colin Kolles and Mike Gascoyne have revealed they chastised drivers Christijan Albers and Adrian Sutil after the pair crashed out of last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Kolles and Gascoyne believe the action-packed Montreal race represented the team's best opportunity so far to score points and were disappointed to record a double DNF, especially when both retirements were down to driver errors - Sutil hit a wall on lap 22, while Albers ran over a chicane too heavily on lap 48 and damaged his F8-VII's front wing.

“Given the way the race went, we could have been in for a potential points finish,” explained team principal Kolles. “Both Mike and myself spoke to Adrian and Christijan after the race and explained how we could not accept another situation like this.The retirements were avoidable. We cannot continue making mistakes that ultimately cost us positions and points.”

Only 12 of the 22 runners finished the event and with Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher able to catapult himself from 18th on the grid to eighth place and Williams driver Alexander Wurz able to start in 17th and finish on the podium, one of the Spyker drivers could have feasibly finished in the points.

Although the Dutch team have struggled for performance this season, in Canada the car did show signs of improving pace. Indeed, Albers' fastest race lap was quicker than both the Toro Rossos and less than two-tenths down on Jarno Trulli’s best time in the Toyota.

“Our straight-line speeds in Canada were pretty good, and we genuinely had our most competitive weekend,” added chief technical officer Gascoyne. “We had the right strategy and it was going to come to us. In the end, what should have been a great opportunity for us was lost through a couple of driving mistakes, and that’s very disappointing. To compete at this level you’ve got to avoid mistakes.”

Spyker remain at the bottom of the constructors’ table. Toro Rosso and Honda are the other teams yet to score in 2007.