Adrian Sutil is delighted to have qualified in the top ten for the Canadian Grand Prix after difficult conditions created a lottery in the final few minutes of Q2.
The session was red flagged after Felipe Massa’s accident, leaving many drivers with a race against time to put in one final lap time. Sutil managed to make it through to the final shootout with a good lap, and he was pleased to qualify 8th for the race tomorrow.
“I’m quite happy with eighth place,” Sutil said in a team statement. “It was a tough qualifying session and very hard to judge the conditions. Some parts of the track were wet and other areas were dry, so it was difficult to know how much to push.”
Like many, Sutil struggled with his intermediate tires due to the cold and wet conditions.
“I also struggled to get the heat in the tires, so it was not easy to get it altogether for one lap. The most important lap for me was just after the red flag: we all queued up at the end of the pit lane – a bit like a race start – and I knew I had one chance to make Q2. Fortunately it worked out well for me.”
This weekend’s race marks Force India’s 100th grand prix, having debuted in Australia in 2008. Paul di Resta was not as fortunate as Sutil, suffering a software issue which meant he failed to make it past Q1 for the second consecutive race.