While most drivers made at least three pt stops the Toro Rosso pair made two.
But it didn’t pay off as neither finished in the points, and Sebastien Buemi received a stop-go penalty.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’37.160 (-0.187)||1’37.347|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Sebastien Buemi had a bizarre incident in qualifying when the left-hand sidepod came off his car. The part was replaced and he qualified 12th, unable to repeat his Melbourne feat of reaching Q3.
His race was spoiled by a penalty after his first pit stop where he broke the pit lane speed limit by 20kph. He said:
“At my first pit stop, I had the impression that the pit lane speed limiter had not been engaged. I immediately pressed it again, which deactivated it, so I speeded in the pit lane and picked up a ten second stop-go penalty, which I felt was a bit severe, as usually you get a drive-through penalty which loses you less time.”
Despite the added delay Buemi finished in front of his team mate. He felt that without the penalty he could have beaten the Force Indias and scored points.
Alguersuari was at a loss to explain his quiet run to 14th. Not unlike Lewis Hamilton, he lacked pace compared to his team mate later on in the race.
He said: “I need to analyse this race with the engineers, because to be honest, I don?óÔé¼Ôäót really understand what happened: we were slow and the tyre degradation was very high, higher than on Friday.
“I struggled to clean the graining off the front tyres and was losing performance with every passing lap. On the positive side, I made a good start, gaining a few places. But soon I found I could not keep up with the guys in front.
“Given the difficulties I had, I feel that finishing the race was in itself an achievement and the best I could do today.”
Drove for the team in first practice.
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