Sutil downbeat after difficult practice session
18 April 2014 – Adrian Sutil says that Sauber faces a lot of work in order to improve the C33 and provide the team a with a chance of fighting for points at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.
Sutil sat out the first session in favour of the team's Dutch test and reserve driver Giedo van der Garde, but returned to the cockpit for the second session at Shanghai.
Sutil set the 17th fastest time in the session and lamented the difficulties he is encountering with Sauber's C33.
"At the beginning it took a while to get going" he said. "The driveability of the car is still not easy. I am struggling with the tyres to get them to work. There is still a lot of work ahead of us."
Despite his woes, Sutil believes that Sauber's greater top speed compared to the last race in Bahrain - he was 11th through the speed trap in second practice - will enable them to close the gap to their midfield rivals.
"In comparison to Bahrain, I think we had more straight line top speed, which brings us closer to the teams in front of us," he said. "The midfield is quite tight together. In terms of lap times, we are closer to our direct competitors, but we are obviously not there where we want to be."