After a difficult start to the season, Jaime Alguersuari has scored points in the last two races.
It’s a timely resurgence in form as the team are known to be considering promoting Daniel Ricciardo to a race seat.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’39.679 (-0.553)||1’40.232|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Buemi followed the strategy used by most drivers – three soft-tyre stints followed by a stop for mediums.
He started well, picking up three places, and later gained another due to Michael Schumacher’s woes.
The team made a close call to keep him out in front of the chasing Paul di Resta, Kamui Kobayashi, and Vitaly Petrov, who were right behind him after his final pit stop.
But seeing his team mate leap-frog him completely left Buemi baffled: “I’m not sure why I was not quick enough, as after the first stint I could no longer match my team-mate’s times, so we will have to look at the data.”
Alguersuari said he wasn’t concerned about being knocked out in Q1 for the third race in a row, as he had concentrated on perfecting his race set-up.
It paid off handsomely as he made up ten places to equal his best ever race finish.
Alguersuari bucked convention by making two pits stops – he came in for his second on the same lap Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber made their third, despite having only used soft tyres up to that point.
He came out of the pits in 11th place but poised to benefit from three cars who were yet to make their final pit stops.
Alguersuari said: “I am very happy with this result, especially after I only qualified in eighteenth place.
“It definitely paid off to concentrate on race set-up. This was a fantastic race and I want to thank my mechanics who worked so hard after the problems we had with my car on Friday during free practice. So this result is a reward I am happy to give them.
“Even though I still struggle to get the best out of the tyres in qualifying, I feel I now have a much better understanding of how to use them in the race and that’s definitely the best way round as the points are only given out after the race!”
Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.
2011 European Grand Prix
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