Sutil delighted with second eighth-place start in a row
|By Pablo Elizalde||Saturday, July 30th 2011, 14:55 GMT|
Adrian Sutil was a delighted man after securing eighth place on the grid for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the second time in succession the German has qualified there.
"I'm very pleased with my qualifying and it feels great to be starting from eighth for the second race in a row," said the Force India driver, who scored his best result of the season in last weekend's German Grand Prix with a sixth place finish.
"This morning in final practice things did not look so good because I was struggling with a general lack of grip.
"We changed quite a few things for qualifying - obviously the right things – and this afternoon the car felt really good and I found the lap times we felt were possible.
"In the past the Hungaroring has not been a track where we have been very strong because it's a maximum downforce track, so it feels great to show once again that our car is competitive everywhere. The race tomorrow will be all about getting the strategy spot on, but we're starting in a good place and I'm looking forward to it," added the German.
Team-mate Paul di Resta qualified in 11th place, the Scot admitting he was hoping for a better result.
Di Resta said nonetheless that he was optimistic of a strong race given his pace during practice.
"Starting in eleventh place is not too bad, but I was hoping to be a little bit higher up," he said. "I'm still in a good position to score some points tomorrow and it's nice to be starting from the cleaner side of the grid.
"We had a bit of a messy run in Q1 on the supersoft tyre, but other than that our prime run was very good and I was happy with the car. It's just my final lap in Q2 wasn't quite there so maybe I should have been a bit more adventurous.
"In practice we've shown that we can be competitive over longs runs and I'm optimistic that we can carry that through to the race."