Sutil encouraged despite 'difficult day'

By on Friday, July 18, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Adrian Sutil says he is encouraged by Sauber's position in the pecking order despite enduring a 'difficult day' during practice for his home race in Germany.

Sutil, who has yet to score a point in 2014, briefly topped the second practice session at Hockenheim and eventually ended 11th quickest.

"It was a difficult day," he said.

"Because of the high temperatures it was not easy to find a good set-up. However, this was the same situation for everyone. Due to the extremely high track temperatures, it was tough to manage the tyres. Besides that, I also had a lot of understeer. I think it is positive that we are close to the top 10.

"The objective for tomorrow is to keep up today’s performance."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, who sat out the first session in favour of reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, says he and Sutil trialled alternative set-ups.

"In the afternoon I was trying to catch up on the programme as I missed FP1," he said after posting the 18th quickest time.

"I mainly focused on getting a feeling for the car. We are experimenting and trying different things and the two cars have different set-ups. During my last stint I improved quite a lot. Now, we are going to analyse the data and decide in which direction we should go tomorrow."

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