Toro Rosso: Buemi grabs a point

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Sebastien Buemi finished in the top ten for the third time this year for Toro Rosso.

Sebastien BuemiJaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position1720
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’16.358 (-1.462)1’17.820
Race position10
Pit stops32

Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

Sebastien Buemi98.71684.37883.06482.84782.19682.35282.18481.81681.92781.82581.30581.77981.7781.47782.15781.87781.91681.60481.59981.5781.53382.23282.04881.64681.56582.33981.6681.8181.89282.06781.96682.689102.483131.119121.601117.384115.83784.99583.61681.05380.84180.80780.87780.65380.21680.52180.09281.95280.6680.38280.19279.87779.8879.980.30180.96380.21380.3980.4881.780.646100.16684.43482.94684.89686.4588.582103.14693.07494.404120.04285.36781.09879.92778.89178.832
Jaime Alguersuari100.61184.41683.25882.98482.7382.53482.24781.92482.06782.33182.19181.73781.83381.83882.06982.0483.10182.88682.8782.783.05983.40683.73186.36581.74182.13483.98482.063100.39184.78280.98284.14591.543106.028117.655117.303114.69686.06183.1482.34381.91481.70681.57781.76580.78280.89180.94881.96780.85680.35380.34180.31980.780.39980.498101.24884.45279.10478.60879.27480.06279.56979.86280.51384.28983.777
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Monaco, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

Remained 16th at the start and kept pace with Nick Heidfeld, following the Renault driver’s first pit stop and moving up to 11th.

Pastor Maldonado’s retirement promoted him to tenth for a single point.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Failed to progress through Q1 after running into the back of Kamui Kobayashi at Rascasse.

Started on softs and spent 24 laps stuck behind Jarno Trulli until the Lotus driver pitted. Alguersuari’s first pit stop got him ahead, but he spent much of the next stint stuck behind Rubens Barrichello.

He switched to super-soft tyres at his second stop on lap 56. But he ran into the back of Lewis Hamilton’s car as the McLaren driver tried to avoid Adrian Sutil’s Force India, ending his race.

Alguersuari is yet to score a point this year, and Toro Rosso’s post-race press release drew attention to reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo’s second consecutive win in the Formula Renault 3.5 support race at Monaco.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove Alguersuari’s car in first practice.

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    14 comments on “Toro Rosso: Buemi grabs a point”

    1. Algusuari did not have a good weekend whatsoever, and was highly culpable for the mess which brought out the red flag.

      Given the performance that Bourdais put in before he was dumped, I think that Algusuari should consider himself lucky that he’s not been outshone by a team-mate of Vettel’s class and also that he’s got his image to help him within the Red Bull set-up.

      1. Buemi might be getting lucky one-point finishes, but he’s some way ahead of Alguersuari who is looking bad this year.

    2. I always though Buemi was a better driver than Alguersuari… and this season he’s been showing that if a Toro Rosso driver were to be replaced mid season, it definitely wont be him.

      1. I think Toro Rosso have to get rid of them both, they are so invisible.

        1. The car is partially to blame for that also I think. They have had good luck making it into Q3 but I think the race pace is weak.

    3. To be honest after last year I thought Buemi wouldn’t have even been signed for 2011 but kudos to him for really upping his game. Of course he got a lucky point but he easily have ended up binning it into the wall or another drive like his team mate.

      Jamie better start scoring points and soon if he wants to have any chance to be racing come Brazil.

    4. Alguersuari was also responsible for one of the most childish pieces of driving for a while in F1. The collision with Kobayashi in qualifying was intentional, he said so himself.

      1. Really? That is ridiculous. For all the calls for Hamilton to receive a penalty for the next race as the 20 second one didn’t demote him, surely there should be similar calls for Algusuari to receive a grid-drop following his part in the mess?

    5. When will Ricciardo be racing in F1? Will he be racing?

    6. Riccardo was in total control of the Formula Renault 3.5 race yesterday. Won’t have settled Buemi and Alguersari’s minds. He is quick, and though he didn’t hammer the competition down, the race was by far the most boring of the week end : it never felt like he could be beaten. I hope he at least graduates to GP2 quickly.

    7. Why graduate him to GP2? Stick him in Alguersuari’s seat! STR don’t really have much to lose, at this point.

    8. I just looked at the lap chart and have to admit that I didn’t pay attention that Alguersuari overtook Buemi a lap before the crash.

      Although he seemed a bit better last year, I think Alguersuari is an example of a driver brought into F1 too early. British F3, half a year of World Series and then to F1 without any testing.

      Ricciardo seems to be a good talent and he is better prepared for F1 drive if he gets one.

      1. I agree, and Alguersuari’s still young enough he could pull a Glock, go to GP2 if he loses his seat, win there, then get another shot at F1.

        1. Took a look on GP2 grid and 17 of 26 drivers racing in Monaco are actually older than Alguersuari. Two of younger drivers scored points: Kral and Chilton.

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