Force India’s Adrian Sutil said he expected to make it into the final phase of qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but will now have to be content with an eleventh-placed grid slot for the race after struggling with his tyres.
“It’s not a bad position, but I expected much more after such a good lap in Q1,” said Sutil, referring to his lap that put him fourth on the Q1 timesheets.
“I thought that I would be in Q3. But then with the next set of tyres, the grip was not there and I was four tenths slower while the others were all improving their times by two- or three-tenths.”
“So there was a serious problem with our tyre performance today. It was very similar to Valencia – not so bad because we were still able to be P11 – but in my opinion this car is better than P11.”
Not confident about the opportunities to overtake on the high-speed Silverstone circuit, Sutil concedes that he might need a crafty race strategy – perhaps by pitting out of sequence – to give himself the opportunity of a points finish.
“It’s difficult to pass here so you have to do an aggressive strategy somehow to make a difference … whether you go on softs and try to gain a few positions in the pits by pitting earlier or you choose a completely different strategy,” he said.
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