Sutil makes Q3 again, Chandhok to start last

Last Updated: Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 14:57

Melbourne: Force India`s Adrian Sutil
breezed into the third qualifying session (Q3) again and will
start tomorrow`s Australian Grand Prix 10th on the grid which
will have India`s lone F1 driver Karun Chandhok in the last
row.

Both the Force India cars should have been in Q3 but
Sutil`s teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi was caught up in traffic
and the Italian, who scored the outfit`s first points in
Bahrain, would be 13th on the starting grid tomorrow.

"Both should have been in Q3. Liuzzi had traffic problems
and Sutil too could have qualified seventh or eighth but for a
slight mistake in the first sector of his final timed lap,"
Force India chairman Vijay Mallya said.

Hispania driver Chandhok, meanwhile, completed 10 laps in
the first qualifying session and was happy to at least start
from the grid tomorrow, unlike in Bahrain where he had to
start from the pit lane.

"I wanted to make it through Q1 and I did. I am very
pleased with this result for our second Grand Prix. We are not
too far from the top runners. I haven`t made any significant
errors. It`s a great way to start my F1 career," Karun said.

Meanwhile, Sutil was not really overjoyed despite making
Q3 for the second successive time.

"It`s not disappointing to start 10th but it`s not
entirely satisfying either as I felt we could have done
better," said the German.

"We made it through to Q3, which was another great effort
from the team. I made two runs in Q3 and neither was
particularly great as the soft tyres didn`t seem to get up to
temperature," he said.

"We`ve had a good pace through the weekend so we have a
strong platform to go from but let`s see what happens
tomorrow. At this stage I don`t want to make any prediction,"
said the lanky driver.

Liuzzi was thoroughly disappointed, saying Q3 was well
within his grasp.

"(It was) really disappointing today. There was so much
traffic -- it was just impossible. Pretty much every lap I had
some problem, particularly with the Williams of (Nico)
Hulkenberg and the Sauber of (Pedro) de la Rosa who don`t seem
to be able to use their rear view mirrors.”

"On all of my runs, I struggled to finish a proper lap.
It`s a shame as I definitely think the pace was there to make
it through to the top 10," he said.

Mallya also felt things could have been even better.
"I think it shows a lot that our drivers are disappointed
with these positions. Last year we would have been delighted,
but this year we expect more," explained Mallya, also the team
principal.

"Tonio got caught in traffic on every lap and without
this I think we could have been in Q3 with two cars. Adrian
was not entirely satisfied with 10th but nevertheless we can
look to build on this tomorrow. Overall though a great effort
from the team and the drivers to maintain the form we showed
in Bahrain," he said.

Sebastian Vettel will start tomorrow`s Australian Grand
Prix from pole position after leading a Red Bull one-two at
the Albert Park. Teammate and local favourite Mark Webber was
0.116 seconds behind Vettel, followed by Ferrari`s Fernando
Alonso.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 14:57

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