'Nightmare' traffic leaves Gutiérrez at the back
15 March 2014 – Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez bemoaned traffic on his flying lap in Q1 as he was knocked out of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.
Gutiérrez's Sauber suffered a gearbox failure in the final practice session, which meant that he had to spend the session on the sidelines.
The repairs meant that his gearbox required changing and he entered qualifying having been handed a five place grid penalty. Delays in getting the Sauber back on track, allied with worsening weather conditions, left Gutierrez down in 19th place. As a result of his penalty, he will now start from the back of the grid.
"It was a nightmare with the traffic," he said. "Obviously, we started a bit late into the session due to the issues we had. 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."
Sauber team-mate Adrian Sutil progressed through to Q2 and set the 14th fastest time.
"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," he said. "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."