Adrian Sutil has admitted that the Sauber C33 remains “a diva” to drive, but he remains optimistic that things will improve in the second half of the 2014 season.
The German has so far failed to score a point this year, registering a best finish of 11th place at the first round in Australia. The Swiss outfit has slipping to 10th in the constructors’ championship behind Marussia after its worst ever first half to a season.
“I think the car is a better car compared to the first races but you can’t really see it in results,” Sutil said ahead of his home race at the Hockenheimring. “Nevertheless Silverstone was a bit better.
“You could see already in the free practice the car was a bit more competitive and also I think in qualifying in the rain we were closer to the top 10, which was good.
“We are still struggling sometimes with the tyres, especially with the hard compound, in the race, which slowed us down a lot. I can’t really say more.
“Of course we want to try to improve the situation. It’s not where we want to be but everyone in the factory is trying the maximum to improve that. It’s not an easy situation but we’re going to get out of it pretty soon.”
The main issue has been with the stability of the car. When asked about the problem, he replied: “Well, the window is very small where the car operates and also the window when you are close to the limit, whether it stays on the line or is completely off – it’s easy to make a mistake with this car.
“So you need to have a lot of confidence in the car, you need to drive and learn as much as possible about the car behaviour to feel well. It’s getting better every race. But yeah, it’s a little diva to control. It’s just a situation like that so we try to make it more easy to drive.”
He added: “The stability is sometimes there, [then] you have a bit too much understeer in the other areas, so you are shifting the problem from one end to the other but it’s very difficult to get rid of the problem completely so this is where we are struggling most at the moment.”
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