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Gutierrez: Our speed is good

Mexican rookie targets qualifying improvement in order to extract the best from his Sauber
Sauber rookie, Esteban Gutierrez, says he needs to improve his qualifying performances to ensure he benefits from the cars strong race pace on Sunday's.

The Mexican, who came third in last season's GP2 Series Championship, has struggled so far this season and is yet to register a point's finish.

Gutierrez says knows he must perform better in qualifying to make the most of the Sauber's pace on race day: “What I can say is that I have to improve in qualifying,” he told Formula1.com.

“Getting a perfect lap - that is something I still have to work on. In the race it hasn't been that bad - the speed has actually been pretty good. When I spoke of balance before, getting the right balance between qualifying and race is high on my agenda."

Gutierrez admits it will take time to adjust to the fast paced world of Formula One, and has targeted extracting the most from his car as the main target this season.

"If you know that your car is capable of finishing in tenth, 11th or 15th position, then being able to deliver that result - and hopefully at times doing better by taking advantage of the mistakes of others - is what brings the real achievement and what is important is to move on to higher levels.” he added.

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09.06.2013- Driver Parade, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32
09.06.2013- Race, Esteban Gutierrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C32

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June 14, 2013 7:20 PM

Sauber alongside McLaren and Williams are the disaster of this year. Anyone was saying that the rules haven't changed from the 2012 ones. McLaren was maybe the fastest car last year and Sauber alongside Williams had the same pace as the front-runners on their days. Having lost James Key to Toro Rosso look to have hurt them massively.


June 14, 2013 11:05 AM

@jlr689 No need to shout, the CAPS button is 3rd from bottom of the keyboard on the left hand side btw. My point is the car doesn't have strong pace, the comment wasn't aimed at the driver although I think he's just a pay driver and no great shakes, didn't see him putting it into 3rd in qualifying in Canada.

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