Downbeat Sutil fears another Sauber struggle

By on Friday, October 3, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Adrian Sutil reckons Sauber is set for another difficult weekend in Japan after Friday's practice sessions at Suzuka.

Sutil, who has not yet scored a point this season, was 17th fastest in the second session and had his run disrupted by a Power Unit problem.

"In first practice we had problems finding a good balance for the car," he said.

"The hard tyres didn’t work as we had hoped. There was very little grip, which makes it difficult to set a decent lap time. For second practice we made some changes to the set-up of the car, which improved the situation with the hard tyres, but then I struggled with the medium compound.

"Overall the balance of the car is just not satisfactory. Our main problems are coming from the power unit, which is disappointing. Unfortunately I don’t see how we can change that for tomorrow."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez crashed out of the session on the entry to Spoon Curve.

"Unfortunately, I lost the car in the second practice session," he said.

"With the speed you get there it was difficult to avoid an impact. I am really sorry for the team, and I am sure we will recover for qualifying."

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