Chinese GP team-by-team: Toro Rosso

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

More bad luck for Sebastien Buemi who suffered two major crashes at Shanghai.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 13 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’36.149 (+0.102) 1’36.047
Race position 13
Average race lap 1’55.600
Laps 0/56 56/56
Pit stops 0 6
Chinese Grand Prix lap times: Toro Rosso
Chinese Grand Prix lap times: Toro Rosso

Sebastien Buemi

There’s no question who suffered the worst weekend in Shanghai – Buemi had two big crashes in three days, neither of which were his fault.

Having both front wheels fall off your car at the fastest point on a circuit must be one of an F1 driver’s worst nightmares. It happened to Buemi on the run towards the hairpin, his STR5 tobogganing into the gravel trap, Buemi only able to slow the car with the rear brakes. Fortunately he was unhurt.

Despite missing some of first and all of second practice, he got back in the car and qualified one tenth of a second behind his team mate. But on the first lap Vitantonio Liuzzi lost control of his Force India under braking and T-boned Buemi’s car.

The Swiss driver has suffered two crashes like this in the last three races. “I need a bit more luck,” was his rather understated reaction afterwards.

Compare Sebastien Buemi’s form against his team mate in 2010

Jaime Alguersuari

Made more pit stops than any other driver – six. His first was a precautionary stop after nudging Kamui Kobayashi on the first lap. Then he damaged his front wing when lapping Karun Chadhok’s HRT.

He recovered to ninth but struggled with tyre wear in the dying stages and finished out of the points.

Compare Jaime Alguersuari’s form against his team mate in 2010

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