Toro Rosso: Alguersuari still struggling with tyres

2011 Spanish GP team review

Jaime Alguersuari had to make four pit stops in pain as he struggled with tyre degradation.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 11 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’23.231 (-0.463) 1’23.694
Race position 14 16
Laps 65/66 64/66
Pit stops 3 4

Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):

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 59 60 61
Sebastien Buemi 100.611 93.281 92.686 93.231 92.265 91.834 92.064 92.421 95.014 109.552 90.964 92.973 91.695 92.987 93.166 91.431 91.745 91.647 91.65 91.542 91.623 91.799 92.144 92.631 95.502 112.156 90.049 91.987 91.859 90.537 90.357 90.932 94.728 90.57 90.573 90.974 90.771 91.065 91.713 91.39 93.954 97.423 111.01 90.314 90.378 90.545 90.308 91.458 91.759 91.437 90.638 90.646 90.889 90.286 90.578 90.867 90.839 91.215 90.295 90.599 91.343
Jaime Alguersuari 101.876 93.61 92.804 92.833 92.55 92.494 92.683 92.72 92.665 93.495 97.136 109.04 90.821 91.172 93.233 94.451 91.177 91.339 91.439 92.788 91.858 92.163 93.903 95.541 107.716 89.724 91.464 90.501 92.26 90.157 94.039 90.706 91.117 91.433 91.78 97.303 108.906 91.904 91.457 93.584 90.991 91.184 92.177 91.004 90.995 91.828 90.936 91.394 92.806 94.318 109.167 89.132 90.351 89.618 89.436 89.549 89.348 89.477 89.286 89.453 91.99

Sebastien Buemi

Buemi’s qualifying effort earned high praise from technical director Giorgio Ascanelli:

“I think eleventh place is a bit better than expected, because at the end of the day, Seb pulled out a magnificent lap. Jaime?s position is a more accurate reflection of our standing, even if he did not get it quite right for whatever reason.

“It was a difficult session as the temperatures were higher and the car was tail-happy, so Jaime was unable to manage the tyres in the final sector, but like I said Seb did a superb lap with our aggressive choice of only doing one lap on that final run.”

He briefly held eighth at the start before Felipe Massa passed him around the outside of turn five. Then Jenson Button demoted him to tenth on lap five.

He pitted early on lap nine and although he was again able to make one pit stop fewer than his team mate, it required a 23-lap run on hards at the end of the race. Although he was significantly more competitive on the hard tyres than Alguersuari, he fell to 14th at the end of the race after being passed by Adrian Sutil.

Buemi said: “I managed to run at a good pace, but I think we were a bit unlucky to lose a lot of time when I got lapped. Also our strategy was not quite perfect and on top of that, we were generally a little bit too slow and Force India and Sauber beat us fair and square.”

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersari, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2011

Jaime Alguersari, Toro Rosso, Barcelona, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari

Lost time with an engine fault in first practice.

Was one of seven drivers to make four stops as he had more problems with tyre degradation:

“After around 12 laps my tyres were gone, which is why I ended up doing a four stop race. Overall, in terms of my lap times, maybe this race was very slightly more positive than the last one in Turkey.

“We really need to deal with the tyre degradation and there is a lot of work still to do, if we are to be competitive and fighting for points.”

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.

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8 comments on Toro Rosso: Alguersuari still struggling with tyres

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 23rd May 2011, 13:15

    How many races now have we seen Buemi do one less pitstop than ALG…?

    Still feels hard to get any real enthusiasm for this team. What if they started getting a target to work for instead of just hanging around being the second RB owned team?

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 23rd May 2011, 14:28

      Agreed. STR, and to a lesser extent Force India, are propbably the only teams out there that are completely unlovable.

      They don’t seem to have any real long term goals, other than possibly avoiding being completely unremarkable, which they aren’t doing very well.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 23rd May 2011, 14:58

      I have seen some good performances recently, beating Force India and Sauber is not bad, but in races they end up always behind sadly.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 23rd May 2011, 20:17

      Exactly my sentiments. There seem to be few reasons to support them as they are evidently under little pressure to perform.

  2. Mr draw said on 23rd May 2011, 13:46

    The Pirelli-tyres seem to reveal Alguersuari’s weakness: for some reason he is very hard on the tyres. Or maybe the Toro Rosso is very tyre-unfriendly, as both drivers usually finish several places lower than they started.

  3. Bruce said on 23rd May 2011, 13:56

    Buemi really stepped it up this year. Kudos!

  4. Mitchtj said on 23rd May 2011, 15:35

    Thats fine, Ricciardo will be better on them next year im sure!

  5. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 23rd May 2011, 19:25

    It’s all very well blaming tyres – Massa struggled last year and he’s improved markedly since, but there is a school of thought that Liuzzi struggled on last year’s Bridgestones and he wasn’t given much of a chance to prove that it was the tyres rather than him.

    I don’t think that there’s much between the two drivers in terms of absolute speed/performance.

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