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Singapore Grand Prix: Gutierrez impresses with top ten grid spot

In Monza it was Nico Hulkenberg who unexpectedly dazzled, but this weekend in Singapore it was his young team mate Esteban Gutirrez who turned heads with his Saturday qualifying performance.
After a season in which most headlines about Sauber have centred on their troubled financial situation, it was a welcome change to be able to report success for the team at Monza with Nico Hulkenberg's success in qualifying leading on to a top five finish in the Italian Grand Prix.

This weekend it seems to be Esteban Gutierrez's turn to pick up the baton and shine for the Swiss-based team, as he made it into Q3 in Singapore and will start alongside Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo on the fifth row of the grid for Sunday's race.

“To qualify tenth is a really special feeling and one that I have missed," admitted Gutierrez on Saturday night. "I enjoyed every part of the qualifying. The result today was very important, because it's not fun going into qualifying knowing that you can be around the top ten, but not getting there.

"At the beginning, it looked a bit difficult today, but I was pushing myself in practice and communicated well with the team," he continued. "We decided that in order to make the next step, we need to be more aggressive and be more on the edge.

"This obviously made me make some mistakes in certain optimum laps in practice, but it was the only way to feel that edge and putting some pressure on that side to be there and extracting the maximum of the tyres," he explained.

"During the practice sessions I was able to try to do that, and it's great to see it paid off, so a big thank you to the team," he said. "It's a great feeling to know we have to find a solution to that. I have to take this feeling and memory in to this lap, which was amazing, to keep improving further for the future."

Getting into the top ten on the grid gives him a strong chance of picking up points in the Grand Prix itself,although but he admitted that it would be a difficult race and not only because of the draining heat and humidity even in the night time.

"I think tomorrow will be a tough race," said the 22-year-old. "Tyre degradation will be critical and we need to consider that. We usually have a good race pace and also had that in FP2 yesterday [so] I'm confident we can push for points.

"Our pace has been great in the races, we were able to fight for positions but we were just missing starting in a better position. Now starting in P10 it will be a huge difference for us and we will try to maximise every part of it."




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JJJ

September 22, 2013 10:36 PM

Kind of silly this. Up until Singapore this man has been outqualified by Hulkenberg on every single occassion and ouraced on every single occassion except once when Hulk ran into trouble. Now he qualifies in front of his teammate for once and it´s being hailed as a great performance. No it isn´t...only in comparison with his own previous results it is. Come on...



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