Team principal Franz Tost admitted he was disappointed at losing to Sauber:
“At the start of the season, we set ourselves the target of finishing at least eighth in the constructors’ championship and that is where we have finished, 36 points ahead of those in ninth place.
“However, having come so close to challenging for seventh place when we picked up a significant number of points in Korea and India, we cannot be happy with missing out on overtaking the team ahead of us, failing to score in the last two races.”
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’13.919 (+0.115)||1’13.804|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Pit stop 1||Soft 22.417s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 22.461s|
“We did not have a good preparation for qualifying,” lamented Buemi. “I was unable to run in the morning.”
“Added to the fact I did not drive in FP1, because Jean-Eric [Vergne] was in my car on Friday morning, I’ve really had very few laps so far this weekend. We must learn from these mistakes to ensure we don’t make them again.”
Buemi started one place behind his team mate and finished there after an uneventful race.
|Pit stop 1||Soft 22.773s|
|Pit stop 2||Medium 21.855s|
Alguersuari headed an all-Toro Rosso row seven. But the pair were unable to keep Kamui Kobayashi behind, costing Toro Rosso a chance of seventh in the constructors’ championship:
“This was a difficult race right from the start,” he said, blaming: “low grip in the first stint on the softer tyre, especially in terms of traction and at the exit to slow corners. I was struggling a lot to follow Buemi and Perez.
“The second stint on the harder tyre was much better, but it’s hard to understand in general why we seem to have lost performance in the last two races.”
Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.
2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
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