Adrian Sutil had no complaints at the end of his first day back in official Formula One action after comfortably placing inside the top ten. The German outpaced the McLaren drivers among others and hopes to improve on the supersoft tyres in order to have a crack at reaching Q3 tomorrow.
“It was a very good day and I feel satisfied. The baseline set-up was not too far away from what we needed and the car felt very similar to the way it performed in Barcelona at the final test. I had a good feeling all day and enjoyed working with my engineers, who I already know very well. The track is obviously evolving and improving, but we got a good feel for the tyres. The main focus tonight is to work on improving the balance on the super-softs.”
Force India teammate Paul Di Resta had a mixed day with a spin late in first practice blighting his morning. The afternoon ran rather smoother but the Briton still wasn’t totally happy after ending the day in twelfth.
“It wasn’t the easiest of days because I had a balance issue with the car in the second session. It looks like I picked up some damage, so it was not easy to gauge exactly where we are. Given that it’s likely to be wet tomorrow, it was crucial to get all the tyre information we needed today. There is a noticeable difference between the two compounds, but it’s difficult to say much more until we have been over all the data.”