Brake disc failure and traffic hurts Sutil

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil was left to lament a series of issues that resulted in him missing the cut for Q2 during qualifying for the United States Grand Prix.

Sutil encountered Max Chilton on one of his flying laps and his session ended prematurely when a brake disc failure forced him to park his Force India during the closing stages of Q1.

"It’s a disappointing result today," he said after qualifying in 17th place.

"The car has been quick through all the sessions, but things didn’t go to plan today. I had to overtake a lot of traffic on my quick lap in Q1, including a Marussia going into the final corner, and that cost me the chance of making Q2."

"I then started another lap and suffered a brake disc failure on the front right, which ended the session for me. So I’m starting in P17 and I just hope we can do something with the strategy to try and get up into the points tomorrow."

Team-mate Paul di Resta declared himself 'reasonably happy' after qualifying in 12th place.

"I’m reasonably happy with today’s result because this is a track that does not particularly suit my driving style," he said. T

"he wind picked up quite a bit before qualifying, which made the conditions tricky and I think we made the most of that. We out-qualified some quick cars today and in the end I was just a tenth away from making Q3."

"I was planning to go for a final quick lap in Q2, but I came across Lewis [Hamilton] on my out lap, who was cooling his tyres. It meant my out lap was compromised so we aborted the run. We can make a free choice on tyres tomorrow and we’ve shown recently that our performance on race day has been our strength. If we can make a good start and optimise the strategy, then points will be within reach."

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