Alguersuari surprised to end 14-race points drought

Toro Rosso race reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jaime Alguersuari finished in the points for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix – but said he’s “not sure” how he did it.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 18 17
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’41.824 (+0.117) 1’41.707
Race position 15 9
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 1 1

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Sebastien Buemi

Was on course to reach Q2 – by knocking out his team mate – when he touched the wall during his final lap in Q1:

I lost quite a bit of time at Turn 19, as I just brushed the wall on the exit to it, which cost me three tenths and a place in Q2, so I cannot be happy with the way the session went. It was ironic that it was my team-mate who knocked me out of Q2.
Sebastien Buemi

He avoided the Schumacher/Liuzzi collision and managed to pick up a couple of places. While the team brought Alguersuari in Buemi was left out, which he felt was not the best strategy:

The team decided to bring Jaime in for a tyre change and keep me out during the Safety Car period. I think my team-mate?s strategy proved to be the better one as there was no tyre degradation, as he was able to pit and catch up behind the Safety Car

So I?m a bit disappointed, because I feel that if I had been on a different strategy I could easily have finished in the points.
Sebastien Buemi

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

Jaime Alguersuari

Pitted for medium tyres on lap one during the safety car period and, like several other drivers, was able to keep them intact until the end of the race with little difficulty.

Kept Mark Webber behind for two laps before the Red Bull driver passed him on lap 14.

But he kept Felipe Massa behind until the end of the race to finish ninth. It helped his cause that the Toro Rossos were the quickest car in a straight line, topping the speed traps in qualifiyng.

Alguersuari said:

I am very happy with this result, my third points finish of the season. To be honest, I am not quite sure how I ended up ninth, having started seventeenth!

I was very lucky not to be involved in the Schumacher accident on the opening lap and after that, it was a good strategic choice to change tyres immediately the Safety Car came out. After that, the tyres worked very well for the whole race with no degradation at all on the rears.

I could feel the track condition improving all the time and that meant I was able to have an edge over Massa in sector three and maintain the distance in the first two sectors, even though he was probably fractionally faster than me.

I am very happy with the team because they did a good job on the strategy so for everyone, this ninth place is well deserved and a nice way to end the season.
Jaime Alguersuari

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

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