• Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Sutil struggles with oversteer in the wet

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Adrian Sutil struggled with his car in wet conditions © Sutton Images
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Adrian Sutil said oversteer in the wet meant he struggled to maintain his level of competitiveness when the rain came during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sutil had shown strong pace in the dry parts of qualifying, setting the fastest time in Q1 and the fifth best time in Q2. However, when the rain came in Q3 he could only manage the ninth fastest lap, although he will start from eighth due to a grid penalty for Kimi Raikkonen.

"I used to be more comfortable in the rain, but since the Pirelli tyres have come in I have had my difficulties for some reason," he explained. "In Melbourne I was still learning and I could have done better. Today I did not have the best feeling in the car and it was too pointy and too strong in the front and that gave me an oversteery balance and that's what you don't want in the wet conditions.

"We don't know what the problem is, it may be a car problem, it may be a tyre problem and we have to find it. For sure, if we are fast in the dry we should be fast in the wet as well. I've shown it many times and Paul di Resta has shown it many times that we aren't bad drivers."

Sutil said he is targeting another finish in the points on Sunday after his strong start to the year in Australia.

"I will hope for a dry race because we have a competitive car and I'm happy with the balance. The target is to try and push to the front tomorrow with a good strategy and come away with points or maybe more."