Sutil disappointed with P15 after DRS problem
Adrian Sutil has shared his disappointment at being knocked out of qualifying in the second session. The German driver was hoping to qualifying higher up the grid at his home race but 15th place was the best he could do.
However he revealed that he would have made it through to Q3 had it not been for a problem with his DRS. Speaking in a team statement he said: “P15 for my home race is a bit disappointing. I had a technical issue with my DRS during Q2 and it was not working, which cost me about half a second per lap. That’s why P15 was all that was possible today. Otherwise I think I would have been very close to making Q3. We can fix the issue for tomorrow so we will be ready for the race.”
Apart from the failure, he felt that the team has struggled so far this weekend but believes they are still in the running for points: “Apart from that our pace has not been at our usual level and we’ve struggled to deliver the performance we showed at Silverstone. Tomorrow is a new day; we will push on and I believe points are still possible.”
Team-mate Paul Di Resta fared little better and will start from 12th on the grid. The Scot admitted that the last few days had been troubled but that changes were made and that improved the cars balance: “It’s been quite a difficult couple of days trying to get the car in the right operating window and I’ve never felt totally comfortable. All the changes we’ve made have been a compromise and I’ve really struggled with the balance. Ahead of qualifying we completely changed the set-up to try to improve things and it certainly helped.”
Looking to the race, he feels that their race pace is stronger: “For tomorrow we just have to hope that we can repeat the race pace we’ve shown earlier in the season because that has been one of our strengths.”
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