Toro Rosso: Alguersuari eighth from pit lane start

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Toro Rosso got both cars home in the points for the first time in over two years and moved ahead of Force India to seventh place in the constructors’ championship.

Sebastien BuemiJaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position1518
Qualifying time comparison (Q1)1’15.901 (-0.393)1’16.294
Race position108
Pit stops43

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

Sebastien Buemi154.44124.982124.65120.316101.802103.40799.259106.626112.733131.269125.877118.71198.82798.76198.89499.594113.40796.034109.579131.643106.623108.959108.169131.092146.686129.518121.862119.901120120.528122.155122.59132.81495.90395.706104.218112.425125.745119.46695.19593.39292.66792.293.27491.23690.21490.84691.334109.22799.31789.52188.54786.14985.81887.372104.85595.18995.454116.41890.00183.91884.15782.38381.81981.61580.24883.38579.50781.659
Jaime Alguersuari169.371121.375125.704116.127100.80899.685100.4108.12112.352130.517126.912117.51297.86598.95498.4797.10297.83197.569123.011115.732109.781108.446107.144136.239144.099127.531122.994120.813120.773120.639123.09121.984118.5112.31797.589103.914112.309125.763119.8994.89493.40392.26592.31791.76590.04389.46290.06790.87388.322104.4698.75386.62885.90686.66684.07104.624105.27193.82119.17788.80483.19282.07381.48882.51581.66581.58281.2180.37180.423

Sebastien Buemi

Buemi was among the first cars to switch to slicks on lap 50 and felt he had made the change too soon.

But the earlier call to switch to intermediates before the race suspension – which his team mate did not do – probably cost him more time.

He was 12th with three laps to go but Paul di Resta’s retirement and Nico Rosberg’s broken wing helped him claim tenth.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari, Narain Karthikeyan, Montreal, 2011
Jaime Alguersuari, Narain Karthikeyan, Montreal, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari

Alguersuari decided to start from the pits on a wet weather set-up. He had been the quickest car in the speed trap in qualifying, indicating he was not running with a lot of downforce.

Staying on wets early on the race helped him up to 14th. He kept his pit stops to a minimum and stayed out of trouble to rise to eighth place.

Felipe Massa passed him six laps from home, but he took advantage of the ailing Rosberg to move up a place on the last lap and claim his first points of the year.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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    13 comments on “Toro Rosso: Alguersuari eighth from pit lane start”

    1. could be vital for alguesuari’s career

      1. I fear you may be right!

    2. dyslexicbunny
      13th June 2011, 16:30

      Good on Alguersuari. He was looking like he was bound to be replaced by Ricciardo in the future. But I think both were aided by the retirements ahead of them. They’ve got some work ahead of them.

    3. I am curious to see how this pans out for Alguersuari this year. What will we thing at the end of the year if he again has a very strong mid/second half of the season?

      1. That his first half was short on results. In a chaotic race like this, staying out of problems is enough to be in the points. Hopefully this result gives him confidence so he can perform better.

        1. I agree, after too many mistakes in the first races this year, it took a chaos race for him to get back to killer instinct finisher.
          It might well get his season/career going again.

    4. Lee Harrison
      13th June 2011, 19:13

      Wonder if this result could make Alguersuari’s season the way it made Kovalainen’s when he was struggling for Renault in 2007. Surprised he’s started so badly since he seemed to have Buemi covered most of last year.

    5. Agree with Fixy here, people can call up the amount of chaos infront of him as a reason for his high finish – but you have to keep a cool head to battle through it all, and many others did not. Good drive from Jaime at a time when he needed it the most.

      1. Worked for Jenson!

      2. Keeping a cool head with chaos unfolding around him isn’t a quality we usually associate with Alguersuari but he proved today that he could do it. He certainly made less mistakes yesterday than a certain Jenson Button!

        1. “Keeping a cool head with chaos unfolding around him isn’t a quality we usually associate with Alguersuari”

          Really? He was strong also in changeable conditions at Spa-Francorchamps last year and he was also fast at rainy Yeongyeam… But people as usual forget, that his pitcrew messed his pitstop there, so he lost 4 places… So you are completely wrong here, because exactly chaotic conditions with rain are the ones, in which he is good… Btw. signs of improvement were already in Monaco, where he overtook Buemi on track… The situation caused by Adrian s Sutil puncture lead to that unlucky crash of him and Vitaly Petrov… But this know only people, who are following his performances closely and
          don t look just on results…

    6. Just what they needed after Alguesuari’s qualifying with Ricciardo in his face.

      1. Ricciardo was slower on Friday in Canada
        (2 tenths) and extremely slower on the long run, so at the moment he is not on the performance level of two current drivers…

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