Sutil satisfied after qualifying improvement

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Adrian Sutil expressed his satisfaction after progressing through to Q2 during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Sutil set the 14th fastest time as wet conditions struck Shanghai on Saturday and reckons the weather aided Sauber's performance.

"I am satisfied with today’s qualifying," he said.

"Although the conditions were not easy, I am happy that we got through to Q2. This is a better performance in comparison to the last qualifying sessions.

"We were able to benefit from the wet conditions and it was better than under the dry ones. This is a small step and I hope we continue with this trend.

"There is still a lot to do, but it is great that we are not starting from the back rows. We can build on this. We did a lot of set-up changes for the wet conditions and we are satisfied with the performance of the car.

"Now we hope that we also have a good race tomorrow. If the conditions are dry for the race, I believe it will be difficult for us. However, we have to look forward and try to make up positions."

Esteban Gutierrez was frustrated after a technical problem restricted his progress and he will consequently start from 17th on the grid.

"Today we had tricky and difficult conditions," he said. "At the same time, I am frustrated as I could have made it into Q2.On my last lap I had an unexpected technical issue from Turn 6 on.

"The brake-by-wire went to the safety mode, so the feeling in the brake pedal and the brake balance changed. I had to deal with this issue through most of my last lap, but, nevertheless, I almost made into Q2. Unfortunately, I then made a mistake in the last corner."

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