For the second year in a row, Esteban Gutierrez impressed during the Singapore Grand Prix qualifying, but could not match his visit to the final part of qualifying this year. The Mexican will start from fourteenth on the grid, while his Sauber F1 Team team-mate Adrian Sutil is down in seventeenth.
Gutierrez was happy with his qualifying position, especially with the Sauber team having struggled so badly in 2014 for pace. He has already turned his focus onto the race, and hopes to get as much out of his car as he possibly can.
“I am pleased with the outcome of today,” insisted Gutierrez. “In qualifying we were able to extract more than we expected. We made the best out of what we currently have.
“Tomorrow it will not be an easy race, but at the same time we will keep fighting to extract the maximum out of the car. We will keep working hard and focusing on the race.”
Team-mate Sutil was disappointed to be eliminated after the first part of qualifying and admitted he has been suffering with power unit issues all weekend. He hopes the team can find a solution to his issues before the race on Sunday.
“It is a pity that qualifying was not as good as we expected,” said Sutil. “But on the other hand, we have had issues with the power unit and the energy management since yesterday. Because of this, we were not able to extract full power during qualifying, which cost me a lot of time on the straights.
“More than Q1 was unfortunately not possible under these circumstances. We have to get together and find a solution for the race tomorrow.”