Sutil: The tyres are too hard
14 March 2014 – Sauber driver Adrian Sutil says that Pirelli has taken a 'conservative approach' with their tyre choice for this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.
Sutil was 14th quickest in the second 90 minute practice session and reckons that Pirelli's choice of Soft and Medium compounds is 'too hard' for the Albert Park street circuit.
Pirelli stated pre-season that they would be more conservative in their tyre choice in order to cope with the different demands presented by the new power units. For last year's Australian Grand Prix, Pirelli brought the Super Soft tyre to the event.
"It was a difficult day, however, the afternoon was better than the morning," said Sutil. "Unfortunately we couldn’t do much in FP1, because a lot of things are not quite the way we want them to be at the moment.
"I think the tyres are too hard, as it’s a very conservative approach, but I have to deal with that. We have to gain speed and improve our processes. We need to make sure all the simple things that were standard last season are in place and perfect."
Team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez was 15th fastest in second practice as he recovered from a gearbox problem which truncated his running in the first session.
"We are definitely missing a lot of speed and our pace is not where we want it to be," he said. "Regarding braking, the track is very bumpy and so it is quite hard and unpredictable in that area.
"Generally, we haven’t had time to work on the set-up of the car yet, but, considering what we had today, we need to keep working for FP3 and get ready for qualifying tomorrow."