Gutierrez says Sauber not ready for points

By on Saturday, April 5, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez says that it is not yet possible for Sauber to score points during a Grand Prix.

Gutierrez qualified in 15th place for the Bahrain Grand Prix but played down Sauber's hopes of finishing in the top 10.

"I am satisfied with the result of qualifying today," he said. "We managed to put together some fast laps. I want to thank my team; they did a good job in finding the right balance from my feedback. We need to look forward and still work hard, because we are missing quite a lot of pace to be where we want to be.

"I have a great team and we are all working hard. Today it was the optimum I could get out of the car on my last really good lap. With the lower temperatures the tyres are behaving in a different way. I feel positive for the race tomorrow, but with our pace we cannot be in the top ten at the moment. However, I am sure if we work consistently we can get some points in the future."

Adrian Sutil was 18th fastest and is pinning his hopes on Sauber producing a lighter car when the sport returns to Europe.

"Today there was not much to achieve," he said. "However, making it into Q2 could have been possible. Unfortunately, we are still too slow on the straights, and I am personally struggling with the fact the car is overweight. I only had one lap, as I had traffic on my second run. This resulted in aborting my final lap.

"We have to concentrate on tomorrow, and we need to be better in the race. However, it will be difficult to finish in the points. We are working on the car, and I think when we get to Europe we will be able to move further up the grid."


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