Sutil says Sauber faces a lot of work
30 March 2014 – Adrian Sutil says that Sauber faces a lot of work if they are to be a competitive force this season, after the German failed to make it through to the second segment of qualifying in Malaysia.
Sutil will start today's race from 17th on the grid after wet conditions during Saturday's qualifying session caught out the team.
"Our strategy was to get out onto the track a bit later, as the track normally has the best conditions at this stage," he said. "However, more rain started to fall again. We would have improved, but due to the red flag we did not have any more time left.
"The car was very difficult to drive in these conditions, as the tyres never had enough grip. There is a lot of work ahead of us. At the moment it is difficult to drive a good lap. We need to improve step by step and be patient."
Team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez will start from 12th and expressed confidence at his upturn in pace.
"Everyone did a great job, and we managed to overcome some small issues to have a reliable car," he said. "P12 is a great starting position considering our overall performance."