Unusually, both Toro Rosso drivers made two pits stops during the Turkish Grand Prix.
The gamble almost allowed Jaime Alguersuari to capitalise on the struggling Saubers to claim the final point of the race.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’28.273 (-0.267)||1’28.540|
|Average race lap||1’34.468 (+1.444)||1’33.024|
Not for the first time in 2010, Buemi’s race was compromised by a first-lap collision, this time with Nico Hülkenberg.
He had out-qualified his team mate for the sixth time this year but his first-lap pit stop ruined his race:
The start was good, but then De La Rosa made a poor exit to Turn 2 so going into Turn 3 I tried to go round him on the outside. But I went a bit wide and when I came back onto the track, Hulkenberg got past me and as I tried to retake him at Turn 7 on the outside, I think he might have lost the front end of the car and he clipped my right rear, which punctured the tyre and I had to pit immediately.
Benefited from his team mate’s demise to move up to 14th at the start. Built up enough of a gap over Vitantonio Liuzzi to have the space to make a second pit stop without losing track position.
He took it on lap 42 and began to catch the Saubers. That progress was accelerated when Kamui Kobayashi began to struggle with his tyres, backing up Pedro de la Rosa.
Over the final five laps the gap was 8.7 seconds, then 7.2, 3.8, 1.4 and 1.8. With a lap or two more he might have made it past – or at least pressured the Sauber duo into a Red Bull-style gaffe.
Alguersuari thought it was a gamble worth taking:
The decision to make two stops for tyres was the correct one, so that I could attack de la Rosa and Kobayashi at the end. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite do it in the number of laps remaining, but this has been an encouraging weekend and I really hope we can again push in Canada, getting back to scoring points again.
It’s a pity we don’t see more variation in strategy like this which can produce exciting racing. The only reason Toro Rosso felt able to try it here was because Alguersuari could make his pit stop without falling behind Liuzzi.
It’s very unlikely a team would choose to take an extra pit stop and surrender track position – remember how badly that worked out for Lewis Hamilton in Australia.
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