Adrian Sutil is disappointed by his qualifying performance after dropping out in the first session. The German driver will line up on the grid in 18th place.
The 30-year-old believes the problems started in second practice and since then he hasn’t felt comfortable in the car. Despite positive improvements being made after third practice, it wasn’t enough to make it through to the second session.
“I’ve not been feeling comfortable with the car this weekend,” he said. “The practice sessions have not been easy and I just can’t find a balance that is working for me. It started in second practice yesterday when we had the issue with the brakes and since then I’ve been struggling.
“We made some changes before qualifying, which were an improvement, but it was not enough to progress to Q2. So we are disappointed with P18, but it’s the result of things not coming together for us.”
The Yas Marina Circuit is notoriously difficult to overtake on, so Sutil is expecting a difficult race: “It’s a long and tough race here, but I still look forward to it and will try my best to improve our performance.”
Team-mate Paul di Resta was happy to qualify in 12th place, feeling that he is in a good position to pick up some points by the end of the 55-lap race. “I am pretty satisfied with P12, which puts us in a reasonable position for tomorrow,” said the Scot.
“I’m feeling good in the car, which has worked well all weekend. For tomorrow I’m optimistic that we can be up there with a good chance of picking up some points. The car is responding well and I also think we are more suited to the race than qualifying. There’s a long race ahead of us, but we will work hard to put together a good strategy tonight and try to push our way forward in the race.”
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