Adrian Sutil put his crash in FP1 for the Monaco Grand Prix down to driver error on cold tyres.

Late in the session, Sutil lost control of his car on the entry to Mirabeau and hit the barrier on the outside of the corner with the left rear of the Sauber. The incident brought an early end to Sutil's session and he admitted that it was simply a case of him losing control when the tyres were not giving him enough grip.

"At the end of FP2, we were able to run a few laps on supersoft tyres, which worked out well," Sutil said. "The car's balance is decent. In general, we still have issues which we need to solve. The driveability needs to be improved. During acceleration and braking it is still difficult to keep the car under control. In FP1 I had a snap oversteer in turn 5, so I touched the barrier. The tyres were not up to temperature and it was difficult to keep the car under control. However, it was my mistake."

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Head of track engineering Giampaolo Dall'Ara said the damage had been minimal, with the afternoon session being of limited value anyway.

"Overall, the morning session was quite positive," Dall'Ara said. "We were able to work through our planned programme and to make a little progress. Adrian made a contact with the wall, but fortunately there was not much damage. The second session was heavily influenced by the weather. Adrian just made a run on intermediate tyres to check everything and make sure the car was fine."