Hulkenberg: “Unfortunately P15 is reality”
The German continues to voice his downbeat thoughts on his current season, admitting that today’s qualifying position was where he expected to be. Speaking in a team statement he said: “Unfortunately P15 is reality. It was more or less the best we could do today. The car was difficult to drive, especially at high-speed with a little bit of wind the car is very sensitive.”
He sent a warning to his Sauber team, declaring: “We are simply not quick enough.” However he feels that a lot can happen during the race and ” maybe a bit of English rain would help us. But I think points will be difficult, then again you should never say never.”
Team-mate Esteban Gutierrez had a contrasting opinion, feeling that the team made progress despite the lowly qualifying slot: “Compared to the practice sessions yesterday, I think we made a step forward, but it’s tricky because we find ourselves in a position where everything is on the limit. What ever we do there is always a compromise to it, which is challenging.”
He pin-pointed corner exits as the main loss of time but he believes that he did the best he could with the machinery at his disposal: “I believe I did my best with overall good and consistent laps. But it is just not quick enough. This is something we have to evaluate and see what we can do to be better in order to progress.”
Meanwhile Team Principal Monisha Kaltenborn admits that it “won’t be easy” for her drivers during the race: “We can’t be happy with a result like that. Nico did a good job, while Esteban was struggling. Of course, this is not the position you want to be in looking ahead to the race tomorrow.”
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