Toro Rosso score points despite drivers’ clash

2011 Australian GP team review

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Sebastien Buemi was unhappy after Jaime Alguersuari barged him out of the way on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix.

Buemi said: “It’s a shame that my team-mate and I made contact at the first corner. It’s not the first time it has happened, so I think we will be having a chat about it after I’ve watched a recording of the incident.”

However Buemi went on to score points for eighth place.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 10 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’25.882 (-0.221) 1’26.103
Race position 8 11
Laps 57/58 57/58
Pit stops 2 3

Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Sebastien Buemi 111.121 95.399 94.8 94.806 95.432 95.178 96.232 95.153 94.61 94.49 94.479 96.212 94.943 94.376 116.915 100.111 94.923 92.831 93.351 93.4 93.098 92.987 95.281 93.05 92.355 92.169 92.574 92.275 111.416 101.47 92.733 91.907 91.936 91.958 92.441 91.143 90.979 91.339 91.16 91.216 91.406 91.667 91.178 90.836 91.02 90.987 91.151 91.348 92.579 92.093 91.957 92.448 92.899 95.64 92.694 93.047 93.506
Jaime Alguersuari 133.879 100.659 93.293 93.144 93.32 93.57 95.336 94.601 93.882 93.983 95.061 95.074 94.964 94.918 95.373 95.601 117.713 102.519 93.762 93.202 93.091 92.552 95.61 93.247 93.53 95.001 93.705 93.521 93.683 93.477 93.791 93.776 94.08 94.058 118.52 99.866 93.089 91.16 90.722 90.687 90.467 90.526 91.149 90.744 91.464 91.217 91.27 91.449 92.295 94.298 92.443 92.151 92.316 93.352 93.145 95.139 94.478
Start, Melbourne, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

Took Toro Rosso into Q3 for the first time since 2009 with a time less than one tenth of a second of a second faster than Michael Schumacher.

But Buemi used up all his fresh tyres doing it and so was unable to post a competitive time in Q3. Even so, the team decided against starting him on the hard tyres.

Thanks to his team mate he fell behind Paul di Resta at the start but took the place back on lap seven when the Force India driver made an unsuccessful attempt to pass Kamui Kobayashi.

Buemi took on more soft tyres at his second stop and switched to hards for his final stint. He was running third late in the race but the recovering Felipe Massa on soft tyres caught him with nine laps to go.

Buemi resisted Massa’s attempts to pass to begin with but offered little resistance when the Ferrari driver used DRS to come down the inside of him at turn one on lap 54.

He finished tenth and was promoted to eighth by the exclusion of the two Saubers.

Jaime Alguersuari

Dealt with his team mate quite strongly on the opening lap, then tagged the rear of Schumacher’s Mercedes at turn three, damaging his front wing and forcing him to make an early pit stop.

He quickly picked off the Virgins and Lotuses but couldn’t make up the time lost. He ended the race 13th on the road which later became 11th.

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove for the team at his home track in first practice.

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    20 comments on “Toro Rosso score points despite drivers’ clash”

    1. Clearly not the best day for Alguersari

      1. He ruined his own race, his team mates, and Schumacher’s as well.

        1. Yes needs to me more careful next time as he said this is not the first time he & his team mate crashed. They are now carrying the badge of Crash Kids.

    2. They were crossing each other all the way through the race looking at that graph, never really noticed that!

      Also I’m not sure if it’s just my computer screen, but it’s very hard to tell the difference between the two colours on your graphs. You probably get annoyed when people say that Keith I know so apologies :P Anyone else find it similarly hard?

      1. Yes, the two shades are too close together, but with Virgin’s graph I found it harder.

        1. Virgin one was worse yes. If both colours were the same hue but one more distinctly pastel than the other.

          However then there’d be stupid complaints of Keith being biased towards one driver because they are more saturated in colour probably XD

      2. I’ll have a look and move the shades a bit further apart if possible. But as there are some charts which include all the drivers it’s not so straightforward.

        1. The Virgin colours looked both black to me as well. STR is not too bad, but a tad more contrast would be fine.

        2. It must be difficult to find 24 different tones indeed… Maybe using the same color for the 2 cars of 1 team, but one of them dotted ?
          Or one circle and 1 square as markers ?

    3. I guess this might be a good place to (politely!) ask that more distinct colours be used to ease the graphs on the eyes of colour blind people like myself? I have serious issues distinguishing the shades of colours used between the team-mates in all the graphs :(

      It’s not particularly urgent though, as I am generally only interested in one of the two drivers ;)

      1. or simply have different marker shapes for each driver..maybe a square for the 1st driver of the team and a circle for the 2nd driver

        1. Maybe one is solid line, another is dotted line, perhaps easier?

    4. Joakim Järvinen
      28th March 2011, 14:37

      change driver colours of the graph :)

    5. Sound_Of_Madness
      28th March 2011, 14:55

      Buemi unhappy on Alguersuari barging him? And Alguersuari barging Buemi??

      The Ricciardo effect on action.

      1. Agreed – they both know that come Germany/Hungary time, Ricciardo will be replacing whichever has the worst performance. Somehow I don’t think Buemi moaning about his team-mate will sway it his way…

        1. No, but the points still might, especially as Alguesuari didn’t show an awful lot of special stuff in the rest of the race.

        2. But Buemi has now scored over twice Alguersuari’s points across 2 seasons.

    6. The car doesn’t seem as dominant as it was in testing, but it’s still definitely better for them than last year.

    7. I think both drivers know that one of them will probably be out of a drive by late this season, so these first few races will be absolutely critical.

      Daniel will be driving by September is my guess. What a strange driver setup STR have. Always pulling the trigger.

      They’ve had more drivers than Sven Goran Erikson gave away caps in his England reign.

    8. Considering it’s Buemi who sounded like he was under the most pressure to perform at the end of last year (despite leading at Canada and Jaime only really beating him in the last few races) he made me forget Jaime was even there this weekend although he did have one less pit stop.

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