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?óÔé¼Ôäós a shame that my team-mate and I made contact at the first corner. It?óÔé¼Ôäós not the first time it has happened, so I think we will be having a chat about it after I?óÔé¼Ôäóve watched a recording of the incident.”
However Buemi went on to score points for eighth place.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’25.882 (-0.221)||1’26.103|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times:
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.
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.
Drove for the team at his home track in first practice.
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