The Sauber F1 Team continue to strive for their first points of the 2014 Formula 1 Season as they arrive at Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix. Adrian Sutil was the innocent victim of an errant Sergio Perez in the United States last weekend after showing his best form of the year so far. Esteban Gutierrez had a quieter weekend at the Circuit of the Americas but the team are hopeful points are coming.
Sutil will be hoping to put his disappointments of his first lap elimination at Austin after qualifying inside the top ten for the first time, and the German is hopeful of securing the Teams’ first points in Brazil.
“Interlagos is a nice track in South America where my father’s roots are,” said Sutil. “It is an event which I view very warmly. Mostly the races are spectacular, which often comes from the unpredictable weather.
“The track is short, but packs a punch with many bumps. It is not easy to drive. It is always a great race weekend, and I am looking forward to it. I think we can hope for points there, however, it will not be easy.”
Team-mate Gutierrez had a lacklustre weekend in the United States and was unable to match Sutil’s pace. He insists the Interlagos track is an old style circuit and is fun to drive.
“Interlagos is a track I always associate with Ayrton Senna,” said Gutierrez. “There is a lot of history behind it, and you feel the great vibes around the event. The weather is pretty special as it changes a lot, which makes it exciting.
“Last year it was the first time I got to know Interlagos, and I enjoyed driving on this track. In comparison to other circuits, this is a short track; it has one very long straight, which means that engine power will be important. For the quick corners 6 and 7, which go uphill, it is crucial to have a good balance for the car. Especially in wet conditions, the track is fun to drive, and you can also go over the kerbs. It is a nice old style circuit.”