Buemi leads and scores (STR race review)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

A mixed race for the Toro Rosso duo.

Buemi led for a lap and passed Michael Schumacher. But Alguersuari, who led his team mate at the start, clashed with Rubens Barrichello and finished out of the points.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 15 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’16.928 (-0.101) 1’17.029
Race position 8 12
Average race lap 1’22.296 (-0.119) 1’22.415
Laps 69/70 69/70
Pit stops 3 3

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Sebastien Buemi

Both Toro Rosso drivers were new to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Buemi edged Alguersuari in qualifying by a tenth of a second – the difference between 15th and 16th place.

Incredibly, there were three crashes on the first lap in Canada but none of them involved Buemi.

Having started on medium tyres Buemi stayed out until all the cars in front of him had pitted, taking the lead for a single lap – the first time for a Toro Rosso since Sebastien Bourdais at Fuji two years ago.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton caught him but Buemi’s careful defence at L’Epingle kept Alonso at bay and allowed Hamilton to pass the Ferrari.

Buemi then pitted and resumed in eighth place – a significant net gain on his starting position. He took on super-soft tyres with 20 laps to go and showed considerable maturity in how he dealt with Michael Schumacher, passing the Mercedes at the Senna hairpin.

That put him back in eighth place for four points – a decent return for a fine drive.

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

Jaime Alguersuari

Alguersuari got the better start and ran tenth in front of his team mate. But he pitted early to get rid of his super-soft tyres and clashed with Rubens Barrichello.

He made little mention of the (unseen) incident in his post-race comments, which is always rather telling. The stewards handed him a reprimand.

An unusual three-stop strategy left him 12th at the end of the race.

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

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