Force India drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul di Resta were left ruing the timing of rain during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Sutil qualified ninth – but will start from eighth after a penalty for Kimi Raikkonen – while di Resta spun off on his way to fifteenth.
“It’s a shame that the rain arrived for Q3 because our pace in the dry had been very strong.,” said Sutil, who was quickest in Q1.
“I’m still not totally confident with these tyres in the wet and the car was sliding around in the corners with too much oversteer. I will hope for a dry race because we have a competitive car and I’m happy with the balance. The target is to try and push to the front tomorrow with a good strategy and come away with points or maybe more.”
“Quite a frustrating day because we got caught out by the weather,” added di Resta. “We’ve looked strong this weekend so felt quite confident heading into qualifying, but the rain arrived earlier than the team expected. Now we need to see what the weather does tomorrow, but I will certainly come back fighting. I’ve got lots of new tyres, which is more than enough to complete the race and the car has been working well here so far.“