Both Toro Rossos started in the top ten but were unable to finish there.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’36.203 (+0.045)||1’36.158|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race:
Both drivers benefited from setting their Q2 lap times before Vitaly Petrov caused a red flag in his Renault. With many other drivers unable to improve in traffic, Buemi lined up ninth, two places behind his team mate.
But by the end of lap one he was already down to 13th. He made his first pit stop on lap ten and switched to hard tyres. The team noticed some front wing damaged and called him back in four laps later to have it replaced.
He made a third and final pit stop on lap 33, taking on hard tyres once again.
At the end of the race he was running 16th before being promoted two places by the collision between Sergio Perez and Adrian Sutil.
Started a career-best seventh but dropped to tenth at the start.
Posted the only retirement of the race when his right-rear wheel fell off following his first pit stop.
Drove in place of Alguersuari in first practice.
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