Sutil positive despite narrowly missing point
28 July 2014 – Adrian Sutil extracted the positives after narrowly missing out on his and Sauber's first point of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The German, who lined up 11th, was ultimately unable to improve on his starting position, taking the chequered flag just eight tenths of a second behind Jenson Button after a late battle with the McLaren driver.
Although disappointed with the result, Sutil says it was encouraging for the Swiss team to experience a more competitive race weekend.
"Finishing in P11 was very close to gaining one point," said Sutil.
"It was not an easy race, especially at the beginning with the difficult weather conditions and the two Safety Car periods. During the first Safety Car period we made our first pit-stop. When I came to the box I had to wait as [team-mate] Esteban [Gutiérrez] had not finished yet. I did lose some time, but I was fighting back.
"At the end with Jenson, I was faster in the corners, but I could not overtake him as he did not make any mistakes and drove away on the straights. But it was a positive day as we came closer to the teams in front of us."
Sutil's team-mate, Esteban Gutiérrez, was running eighth when an ERS problem forced him to retire.
Sauber lies 10th in the Constructors' standings after the opening 11 races, ahead only of Caterham.