Sebastien Buemi finished eight on the road but was one of the nine drivers to be penalised for going too quickly behind the safety car. That dropped him to ninth behind Fernando Alonso.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’38.586 (-0.872)||1’39.458|
|Average race lap||1’46.419 (-0.209)||1’46.628|
Buemi was unhappy with himself after being passed by Adrian Sutil during the race and losing another position on the last corner of the last lap to Kamui Kobayashi:
This was not a very good race as I could have finished sixth, but I made two mistakes, which have cost us four points. I am happy to be in the points, but disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity to do better.
As for losing seventh place, I knew Kobayashi was closing very quickly on new tyres, and on the penultimate lap I was blocking my front tyres a lot. But at the final corner, I did not think he could brake that late and so I am unhappy that I made the mistake and let him pass.
But team principal Franz Tost praised Buemi’s qualifying performance which helped get him in a position to score points:
We have often said we need to improve our qualifying performance if we want to score points on a regular basis and yesterday, Buemi did exactly that to start from eleventh on the grid.
The best part of nine tenths of a second slower than his team mate in qualifying, Alguersuari started three rows behind Buemi and finished a lowly 15th:
To be honest, I am not really disappointed, because at least the team got points again with Sebastien, so congratulations to him.
This weekend I never had a hundred percent control of the car, never having quite the right feeling with the brakes and that was my main issue. The situation improved slightly during the race, but I never felt the car was mine to do as I wanted.
I have to tell myself that better times will come, just like I had earlier in the season.
2010 European Grand Prix
- The physics of Webber’s Valencia crash
- Technical review: European Grand Prix
- Sauber “thrilled” by Kobayashi’s passes
- 2010 European Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic race weekend review
- Alonso retracts Valencia criticism
- FIA must learn from Valencia shambles
- Best finish of 2010 (Williams race review)
- Di Grassi shines (Virgin race review)
- Double finish at home (HRT race review)
- Buemi slips to ninth (STR race review)