The balance of power between Toro Rosso’s drivers has shifted in recent races and at Silverstone it created a riveting battle between the pair on the track.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’35.698 (+0.453)||1’35.245|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Both Toro Rosso drivers missed the chance to set a time on soft tyres before the rain fell in Q1. Buemi started a season-worst 19th on the grid.
He made up ground at the start and passed his team mate on lap five. Buemi then dived past Vitaly Petrov on the inside at Brooklands.
Alguersuari followed him by at Copse, and a few laps later took the place back from his team mate.
Buemi continued chasing Alguersuari after they had stopped for slick tyres. But on lap 25 a delayed Paul di Resta came out of the pits behind Buemi and tried to pass him.
The Force India’s front wing tore Buemi’s left-rear tyre at Brooklands, and the resulting damage ended Buemi’s race.
Afterwards he said: “I would like to see the footage with Di Resta again to see exactly what happened, but from the cockpit, I was on the dry line, he tried to come up the inside of me where the track surface was still very wet.
“So he could not brake as hard as if he had been on the dry and I felt an impact. He had touched my left rear tyre which shredded it. But that’s racing, so it’s best to forget it and start thinking about the next race at the Nurburgring.”
After his early battle with Buemi, Alguersuari picked off Kamui Kobayashi around the outside at Luffield and went off in pursuit of Nick Heidfeld.
He wasn’t able to pass the Renault, and on lap 33 he was caught by Michael Schumacher. The Mercedes driver launched up the inside of him at Stowe to claim ninth place.
That left Alguersuari tenth, giving him his third consecutive points finish.
“I was definitely faster than Heidfeld and Schumacher, around most of the lap, as was the case in Valencia,” he said.
“But we could not make the most of this as I then lost out to them going down the straight. I’m not sure why that was the case, maybe we ran with a bit more downforce than them.”
2011 British Grand Prix
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