Adrian Sutil struggled to perform during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which saw the German driver initially qualify 8th for the 57-lap race. Despite enjoying a much more competitive start to the season than team-mate Paul di Resta, it was the Scotsman that seemed to have the upper hand during the qualifying session.
From the early stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, it was clear that Force India had a car entirely capable of battling towards the sharp-end of the order. During final practice prior to the all-important qualifying hour, the Force India duo reinforced their presence among the likes of Mercedes and Ferrari. During qualifying, Paul di Resta even topped the timing sheets in a surprisingly unpredictable session. However, whilst one Force India driver was at one with his car, the other was struggling to match his team-mates competitiveness.
Although Adrian Sutil only qualified one position behind Paul di Resta in 8th, the German driver has explained how the VJM06 was a tricky beast to tame. This, coupled with the Bahrain International Circuit’s lack of grip, presented Sutil with a tough qualifying session. However, the F1 returnee is still relatively pleased with his qualifying performance, which has seen him out-qualify Australian Grand Prix race winner and initial pole favorite Kimi Raikkonen.
“The car was quite tricky to drive today and the grip level of the track made it difficult to complete the perfect lap.” Explained Adrian Sutil, who has greatly impressed on his return to the sport. “My final lap in Q3 could have been better, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome, especially if I move up to sixth. The track suits us, we like the warm weather and things look promising for tomorrow. It’s a good starting position to have both cars on the third row and we will be looking to move forward in the race.”
Due to the various grid penalties issued after qualifying, the Force India duo have risen throughout the order to 5th and 6th respectively. This means they will line-up directly behind the Ferrari duo on the grid for tomorrow’s 57-lap Grand Prix, which could well see the Silverstone-based outfit enjoy a competitive outing around the Bahrain International Circuit.
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