Sutil laments slow pace and poor grip
30 March 2014 – Adrian Sutil says that the Sauber C33 was too slow and lacking grip before he retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang.
Sutil's car crawled to a halt exiting the final corner just over halfway through the race but was running outside of the top 10 for the duration of the event and his prospect of finishing in the points prior to his retirement appeared remote.
"In my last lap I lost power and then suddenly the car switched off," he said. "I don’t know what happened, so we need to analyse it. It is a shame. Many things don’t work well at the moment, so we need to learn from that.
"In general, our pace was too slow and the grip level was poor. This was unusual for us and we didn’t expect that. We will keep working on the issues we have and we will be back stronger for the next races. We don’t have much time until Bahrain, so we don’t expect to have many updates there."
Sutil's Sauber team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez lasted a few more laps but also joined the German on the sidelines after he a gear selection problem during a pit stop.
"After quite a long stint, I made a pitstop and couldn’t engage first gear," said Gutiérrez. "I tried it many times, but it didn’t work, so there was not much I could do. In the end we made a step forward this weekend. Obviously it was not a good race, but we have to keep positive. We must solve our issues so we are consistent and reliable at the track and have no technical problems."