Sutil: The car is not where we want it

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Sauber F1 Team

Sauber F1 Team

Adrian Sutil has admitted that Sauber still needs to improve the C33 after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Sutil set the 14th fastest time during a wet session but reckons the car still requires improvements.

"We had a difficult weekend as did many others," he said. "The car is not where we want it to be yet, but I am quite satisfied we were able to run without any problems during qualifying and that we made it into Q2. The yellow flag at the end didn’t help, I think I could have pushed to get even more out of the car.

"But I think P14 is solid for today and I will definitely get the most out of the car tomorrow to improve that position."

Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez was knocked out in Q1 and will drop to the back after being handed a penalty for a gearbox change.

"It was a nightmare with the traffic. Obviously, we started a bit late into the session due to the issues we had. I want to thank my mechanics because they did a great job putting the car together for qualifying," said the Mexican racer.

"In the first lap, we were completely out of phase to the other cars and it was not the best situation that I had to overtake around four cars on this lap. In the second lap I had traffic in the first corner and this was not ideal. Regarding the race, we just need to look into the reliability and this is the main topic at the moment. Therefore we try to focus on that."

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