Start, Melbourne, 2011

Toro Rosso score points despite drivers’ clash

2011 Australian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastien Buemi was unhappy after Jaime Alguersuari barged him out of the way on the first lap of the Australian Grand Prix.

Buemi said: “It?s a shame that my team-mate and I made contact at the first corner. It?s not the first time it has happened, so I think we will be having a chat about it after I?ve watched a recording of the incident.”

However Buemi went on to score points for eighth place.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 10 12
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’25.882 (-0.221) 1’26.103
Race position 8 11
Laps 57/58 57/58
Pit stops 2 3

Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2011drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58
Sebastien Buemi 111.121 95.399 94.8 94.806 95.432 95.178 96.232 95.153 94.61 94.49 94.479 96.212 94.943 94.376 116.915 100.111 94.923 92.831 93.351 93.4 93.098 92.987 95.281 93.05 92.355 92.169 92.574 92.275 111.416 101.47 92.733 91.907 91.936 91.958 92.441 91.143 90.979 91.339 91.16 91.216 91.406 91.667 91.178 90.836 91.02 90.987 91.151 91.348 92.579 92.093 91.957 92.448 92.899 95.64 92.694 93.047 93.506
Jaime Alguersuari 133.879 100.659 93.293 93.144 93.32 93.57 95.336 94.601 93.882 93.983 95.061 95.074 94.964 94.918 95.373 95.601 117.713 102.519 93.762 93.202 93.091 92.552 95.61 93.247 93.53 95.001 93.705 93.521 93.683 93.477 93.791 93.776 94.08 94.058 118.52 99.866 93.089 91.16 90.722 90.687 90.467 90.526 91.149 90.744 91.464 91.217 91.27 91.449 92.295 94.298 92.443 92.151 92.316 93.352 93.145 95.139 94.478
Start, Melbourne, 2011
Start, Melbourne, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

Took Toro Rosso into Q3 for the first time since 2009 with a time less than one tenth of a second of a second faster than Michael Schumacher.

But Buemi used up all his fresh tyres doing it and so was unable to post a competitive time in Q3. Even so, the team decided against starting him on the hard tyres.

Thanks to his team mate he fell behind Paul di Resta at the start but took the place back on lap seven when the Force India driver made an unsuccessful attempt to pass Kamui Kobayashi.

Buemi took on more soft tyres at his second stop and switched to hards for his final stint. He was running third late in the race but the recovering Felipe Massa on soft tyres caught him with nine laps to go.

Buemi resisted Massa’s attempts to pass to begin with but offered little resistance when the Ferrari driver used DRS to come down the inside of him at turn one on lap 54.

He finished tenth and was promoted to eighth by the exclusion of the two Saubers.

Jaime Alguersuari

Dealt with his team mate quite strongly on the opening lap, then tagged the rear of Schumacher’s Mercedes at turn three, damaging his front wing and forcing him to make an early pit stop.

He quickly picked off the Virgins and Lotuses but couldn’t make up the time lost. He ended the race 13th on the road which later became 11th.

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove for the team at his home track in first practice.

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