Practice problems limit Gutierrez's potential

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

An issue during final practice limited Esteban Gutierrez's prospects during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Gutierrez was unable to complete any substantial running in the final practice session due to an engine problem.

The issue was fixed by the time qualifying started by the Mexican was eliminated and will start from seventeenth place on the grid.

"Today didn’t go the way we wanted it to," he said.

"It has been quite challenging with the loss of track time we had this morning. This is obviously not ideal, but I thought it wasn’t going to be that much of a problem, so it is quite disappointing to come into qualifying and have this kind of result."

"I expected to be closer to the front and to get into Q2. We had the pace, for sure. However, the track conditions changed massively from yesterday to today and it was very hard to adapt to that in just one lap. Tomorrow is going to be a long race. I have to get a good start and from then on try to move up the field."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg was knocked out in Q2 but was nonetheless optimistic.

"It was just eight hundredths of a second to P8, so even less to P10," he said.

"The midfield is very tight at the moment. But I’m not disappointed, because I did a very good lap and this was pretty much the maximum I was able to get out of the car. I think we can be fairly happy with P12, as realistically that’s where we are, and we can certainly race from there. Tomorrow I’ll have to get a good start and can hopefully battle for one or two points."

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