Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Sepang, 2011

Two-stop strategies yield no points for Toro Rosso

2011 Malaysian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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 position 12 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’37.160 (-0.187) 1’37.347
Race position 13 14
Laps 55/56 55/56
Pit stops 2 2

Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race:

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
Sebastien Buemi 117.754 107.232 106.614 106.41 106.15 106.18 106.927 106.583 106.136 106.008 106.198 106.695 107.761 110.257 112.749 126.057 104.473 104.256 104.001 107.502 129.619 103.831 104.091 104.53 104.78 104.428 105.038 105.167 106.448 106.084 107.411 112.502 127.209 102.667 102.774 102.659 102.818 102.983 103.269 102.922 103.026 102.951 103.261 103.703 103.386 103.753 104.544 104.665 105.098 108.275 107.654 106.958 108.013 109.03 112.231
Jaime Alguersuari 117.325 107.095 106.764 106.094 106.284 106.472 106.515 108.608 106.73 106.849 107.341 107.754 109.606 110.285 111.221 116.329 125.113 103.997 104.428 104.053 104.195 104.014 104.439 104.26 104.972 105.194 105.677 105.812 106.544 107.925 107.936 111.898 123.134 105.324 104.285 104.063 103.744 105.841 104.398 106.036 104.55 103.904 104.046 104.311 104.495 104.608 107.475 105.917 107.132 106.11 106.281 106.74 109.076 108.234 111.675
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Sepang, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Sepang, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

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.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

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?t 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.”

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove for the team in first practice.

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