Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2011

Alguersuari: tyres could put HRT in front of Ferrari

2011 F1 testingPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2011
Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari believes the difference between the tyres this year is so great HRT could be faster than Ferrari on occasions.

Speaking to reporters in Barcelona he said: “You could see Hispania running faster than Ferrari if they are on new tyres and Ferrari were on worn tyres. You could see Hispania overtake Ferrari.”

The Toro Rosso driver explained how the new tyres required drivers to change their style: “You use more of an endurance style rather than sprint races style.

“The rear tyres are very important. They degrade quicker. When you are driving you have to be very careful. Degradation on all tyres was massive.

“Getting the right strategy can be good for small teams by risking an aggressive strategy.”

The STR6 has attracted attention with some promising performances in testing so far – though Alguersuari said he has not done any qualifying simulations yet:

“I don?t think I will be doing any tomorrow and I am bit worried about going to Melbourne without testing the soft tyres on light fuel loads but I have to trust the team on this.”

He said expects to be in the hunt for points every race this year and the team’s main competition will be “Force India and Sauber.”

He added: “I think we are right behind Williams.

“The car has more potential than last year. Buemi thinks the car is good also.

“Obviously it?s going to be a different year and I don?t say it?s going to be easy because we have a good car. I think it?s going to be very difficult because if we are faster, we need to score some points in every race to be ahead of our rivals.

“I think it will be difficult for everyone with the new tyres, more stops, we will see.”

Quotes and additional reporting by Leandra Graves

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  1. brixspeed (@)
    11th March 2011, 10:59

    “HRT could be faster than Ferrari on occasions”
    “You could see Hispania running faster than Ferrari if they are on new tyres and Ferrari were on worn tyres. You could see Hispania overtake Ferrari.”

    Not “Alguersuari: tyres could put HRT in front of Ferrari”

    1. What’s your point?

      1. I’d say the title implies that Pirelli tyres would or could make the HRT cars faster Ferrari ones on equal terms. Since the title makes no mention of the wear conditions of the tyres it is quite easy to jump to that conclusion.
        I am not saying it is misleading; the author simply chose to leave some information out, perhaps with a view to increasing the site’s hits by creating a catchy title. After all, this site, as countless others, derive revenue from ads.

        If I hypothetically created the following title “Be a lottery winner, play today!” but was careful to leave out the fact that the odds involved are in the region of 14000000 to 1, I would be opening myself to be questioned about the probability of a particular person actually winning.

        Obviously, HRT could and would overtake a Ferrari given the right conditions, same as a tortoise could or would overtake a fighter jet it was stationary.

        1. It’s often not possible to cram the nuances of the point of an article into a short headline. The sub-title and first paragraphs make it abundantly clear exactly what he’s saying.

          But if you can do it for this article in 52 or fewer characters that don’t split onto a third line I’d be happy to consider it.

          1. “Alguersuari: Fresh-shod HRT could pass worn Ferrari”

            Booyah. :]

          2. Not bad – though the Ferrari isn’t worn, its tyres are. ‘Worn-tyred Ferrari’ might work but the double hyphen would be pretty ugly.

        2. yeah, I didn’t really like the ‘worn ferrari’ bit, but I couldn’t find another way to keep it at 52 characters. If AlguersuFerrari’s name wasn’t so damn long it’d have been easy. :]

          1. Welcome to my world :-)

          2. Seriously – where are Sutil and Perez when you need them, eh?

  2. HRT could be faster than Ferrari on occasions.

    Meaning Red Bull will be first no matter what situation their tyres are in ore meaning Ferrari will be ahead of Red Bull?

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