It was the usual story at Toro Rosso – Jaime Alguersuari impressed but Sebastien Buemi retired after a collision.
But unusually, both their drivers served drive-through penalties for different infringements during the race.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’22.191 (-0.016)||1’22.207|
|Average race lap||1’30.840 (+2.02)||1’28.820|
The Toro Rosso pair are increasingly evenly matched in qualifying – Buemi edged his team mate by just 16 thousandths of a second in Barcelona.
But Buemi clashed with Pedro de la Rosa on the opening lap and broke his front wing, forcing him to take a pit stop.
On lap 14 he tried to pass Vitantonio Liuzzi around the outside of turn one as the Force India driver came out of the pits. He had to go over the speed bumps at turn one and cut sharply in front of Jarno Trulli when he re-joined. The stewards handed him a penalty for re-joining the track in an unsafe manner.
After to falling to 17th race he was just beginning to close on Nico Hülkenberg and Nico Rosberg when he suffered hydraulic failure and retired on lap 42.
Alguersuari’s start was simply brilliant, ducking and dodging through traffic to claim ninth place having started 15th.
Unfortunately he lost time in his pit stop with a stuck front left wheel nut. He then got impatient in traffic, swerving in from of Karun Chandhok and breaking the HRT driver’s front wing.
He served a drive-through penalty for the misdemeanour but thanks to Hülkenberg backing up the field behind him he served it without losing a place.
When Lewis Hamilton retired on the penultimate lap Alguersuari was promoted to tenth place, claiming his second F1 points finish.