Jaime Alguersuari says he doesn’t mind the speculation the he or team mate Sebastien Buemi might be replaced before the end of the year.
Toro Rosso have been running Daniel Ricciardo in Friday practice sessions and the Australian driver is widely tipped for a race seat.
In an interview on the Toro Rosso website Alguersuari said: “We have another driver in the team who is fast and very talented.
“No one in the team is wanting me or Sebastien to go slower or Daniel to go faster, and that’s why I don’t really mind the situation.
“What is important is that we have another viewpoint in the garage. Daniel is very important for the team because he has been working with a winning team – Red Bull Racing – last year; he knows how their teams works and how our team works and he can compare the garages, the set-up and the car, which means we get good data. He’s part of the family too; we’ve all come through the same Red Bull driver programme, so in the end it can only be good for us.”
Alguersuari said the change from Bridgestone to Pirelli tyres was a challenge the team were still trying to get to grips with: “For the moment we are still working on our one-lap performance.
“When you get to the point where you have a car that doesn’t understeer or oversteer, then you can do some amazing lap times – but I’m not there yet.
"We have made improvements, but in general we still need to work to get that last bit we had at the end of 2010. We need to keep on working on the set-up of the car, to understand temperatures and tyres and tyre degradation and so on.
“Eventually there will be a point – I don’t know when or where, but hopefully it will come sooner rather than later – where we can extract the maximum performance from the car.
“It’s not easy, because so many things have changed in F1 over the winter.
“Last year you would, for example, change a front spring and know what the effect of that change would be. This year you make the same change, but the car acts in a different way; maybe a way you weren’t expecting.
“It means maybe you miss two or three tenths of performance that maybe your team-mate got. And all you can do to get past that is watch, learn, gain the experience and hopefully get better.”
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