Sutil: F1 more difficult with testing restrictions

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Adrian Sutil is frustrated by the strict testing restrictions that are currently in place in Formula 1, believing that they do not allow drivers to perform to the best of their ability.

The Sauber driver has raced in F1 since 2007, when testing restrictions were more lenient and teams were allowed to conduct more running over the winter and throughout the season.

Now, in an attempt to stop costs from spiralling, teams are limited to just three pre-season tests and four during the season. This figure is set to fall for 2015, but Sutil feels that the sport would benefit from lifting these restrictions.

“Sometimes I think we’re definitely not driving enough,” Sutil explained in Hungary. “Just from race to race, we have a set of softs, a set of hards and that’s it. Then you go to qualifying and do this a few more laps, and that’s it.

“It would be nice to just drive a little bit more, and also with the tires we have, they last only one lap and it would be much nicer to have a tire that is stronger and lasts longer.”

With the new technical regulations for 2014 causing a great change in the feel and driving style of the cars in F1, pre-season testing was more valuable than ever. However, Sutil does not feel that the drivers had enough time, and although he is still enjoying Formula 1, he believes that the limits on testing offers less of a chance to impress on track.

“I still enjoy it,” he said. “There are changes over the years, some you like, some you don’t like. From a driver’s point of view, you are always most happy when you drive and can test and you know the car really well.

“It’s quite difficult in Formula 1 right now, especially after the winter tests when you have three or four days with this kind of cars and then you have to deliver. Very difficult, yes, then you do mistakes in the race, and you’re not good enough.

“It would be nice to drive more.”