Singapore: Force India driver Adrian Sutil will start 16th, one spot ahead of his teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi when the Singapore Grand Prix Formula One race gets underway at Marina Bay circuit here on Sunday.
Both Sutil and Liuzzi overcame hot and humid conditions
to ease through to the Q2 but the second segment proved more
problematic for them.
Sutil, who finished 10th in the Q1 with a timing of
1:48.496sec, faced some stiff competition in the next round
and managed the 16th place in Q2, clocking 1:48.899sec.
His outing was compromised with traffic on his outlap and
with his tyres not up to optimum temperature, he could only
record the 16th quickest time.
Meanwhile, Liuzzi was 14th (1:48.988sec) in the Q1, but
then he finished an unimpressive 17th with a timing of
The Italian put in a good first run but reported an issue
with the front brakes during the second session, a release
"It was a very frustrating session for us overall. The
first segment went OK, out on the hard tyres and able to get
in the top 10, but then when we switched to the soft for Q2 we
couldn`t find much of an improvement," Sutil said after the
"We had less grip than on the hard tyre and I got into
some traffic on my outlap and the flying lap was compromised.
It just all went wrong so I`m disappointed. It`s going to be
tough tomorrow as overtaking is hard but if there`s a safety
car or anything unexpected we`ll do our best to take advantage
of it," he added.
Liuzzi was also quite disappointed with the result of Q2.
"A very disappointing outcome to the session for us. We
had the pace in Q1 but then in Q2 on the first lap of my
second run I had problems with the front brakes. It was very
strange as we`ve not had this problem over this weekend.”
"Unfortunately because of this issue I lost the best of
the tyres on what would have been a better lap. We will start
at least 16th after the penalties to some of the others in
front but we will have to hope for something to happen during
the race that we can take advantage of as it`s very hard to
overtake here," Liuzzi said.
Despite the problems, Otmar Szafnauer, Chief Operating
Officer of Force India, was optimistic about some good results
in the days to come.
"Overall it`s not been a great day for us. We were
expecting more based on the form we showed yesterday and the
general balance of the car, but we hit a couple of problems
that took us by surprise in Q2," he said.
"We start further down the field than we would have hoped
so we will have to look at all possible strategies for
tomorrow`s race. As we`ve seen in previous years anything can
happen with the walls so close so we still hope to be able to
make up some ground," Szafnauer added.