Spain updates did not work, says Sutil
21 May 2014 – Adrian Sutil has said the updates the Sauber F1 team introduced in Spain earlier this month did not really work.
The Swiss outfit made a number of 'essential revisions' to the C33 ahead of the first European race of the season, but despite that Sutil and team-mate Esteban Gutiérrez were still unable to make much headway and finished well outside the top-ten.
Speaking ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, Sutil added that the driveability - or lack of it - is the main issue.
"The updates in Spain did not really work. The only thing that really worked was the weight reduction," Sutil said according to Autosport.com.
"The biggest problem, and why we are not performing well, is the drivability of the car and the strange driving you experience with it. You can't control it in certain races."
"In Barcelona, you went from tricky-to-drive to undriveable and tyres looking up, front, rear, oversteer, understeer, you have everything. And this is the worst thing you can have, you do not know how to solve a problem, you just change it from one end to another. Then it is just multiplying all the problems."
"To be honest after the first few tests I thought, 'that it is going to be a hard start.' But you always think in a positive way," he continued. "But I had a few worries before the first race. We were not ready and the car, in terms of drivability, it was not where we should have been.
"Still that is where we are at the moment and we have to improve, we have to try to make it better. But it is one of the most difficult starts [to a season I have had]."