Sauber’s Esteban Gutiérrez has voiced his frustration after encountering another problem with his C33 which resulted in an early exit from qualifying.


The Mexican has endured a tough weekend so far, completing just seven laps in Friday’s second practice session due to a problem with the MGU-K unit, which left him to make up lost time in the final practice session yesterday.

He completed the most laps of the session with 15, as most drivers decided to save their intermediate tyres from the upcoming qualifying session where rain was expected.

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While the Sauber driver was hoping to get his weekend back on track and impress his team for a possible contract renewal, his car had other ideas breaking down on track in Q1.

“It has been an unfortunate weekend so far, it is very disappointing so far considering all the technical issues,” said Gutiérrez. “The team is pushing very hard to put everything together.”

“Also from my side, I am trying to extract the most out of my car,” he added.

The 23 year old failed to get out of Q1 after qualifying 20th on the grid and was quite vocal towards their constant problems.

“It is an unacceptable situation, and we need to change something to sort out all the technical issues. We have to make sure it does not happen again in the next sessions.”

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Michael Terminello

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