Sutil predicts opening round 'lottery'
8 March 2014 – Adrian Sutil reckons next weekend's Australian Grand Prix will be a 'lottery' as Formula 1 enters a new era.
Sutil, who has moved to Sauber from Force India for the 2014 campaign, expects the first round of the year to yield plenty of excitement because of the potential for unpredictable racing.
"Everything is new," he said. "Driving in qualifying will be very different to the race, because the cars will have more power than in the race.
"Less downforce and more power will be a challenge for us drivers. Higher top-speed and less grip on a street circuit like Melbourne will be exciting.
"We were able to gain experience regarding the fuel management during testing, but over a race distance everything has to come together flawlessly.
"It will be a lottery as to who will finish the race in front, and the excitement will be extremely high."
Team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez says the new regulations will provide an opportunity for every driver.
"This is an opportunity for everyone, and it's my role to extract the most out of the tools I'm given by the team," said the Mexican.
"It has been challenging to adapt to the new cars and rules, but now we come to the first race and everything has to settle down."