The massively extended pit stop dropped Sutil down from eighth position to dead last, and he spent the rest of the afternoon in Barcelona slogging away trying to turn the lead he'd been handed into some sort of race gold. "It was a case of pushing as much as possible because you never know what can happen," he said.
Unfortunately there was no opportunity to come back from the deficit as an absence of any incidents or safety cars left him with too much ground to make up. He ended up in 13th place, a lap off the leaders but ahead of both Williams and Marussia cars as well as Sauber's Nico Hülkenberg and the surviving Caterham of Charles Pic.
"It's extremely disappointing to come away empty handed from this race because we were so quick today," said Sutil. "It's frustrating, but you have to accept these things. Hopefully it will not happen again."
"His race pace was very impressive once again and he would surely have scored well today," said Fernley of Sutil's endeavours. "As a team we will focus on the positives and head to Monaco confident that we can deliver a similar level of performance and get both cars in the points."