Toro Rosso: Buemi grabs a point

Monaco GP team review

Sebastien Buemi finished in the top ten for the third time this year for Toro Rosso.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 17 20
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’16.358 (-1.462) 1’17.820
Race position 10
Laps 77/78 66/78
Pit stops 3 2

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 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78
Sebastien Buemi 98.716 84.378 83.064 82.847 82.196 82.352 82.184 81.816 81.927 81.825 81.305 81.779 81.77 81.477 82.157 81.877 81.916 81.604 81.599 81.57 81.533 82.232 82.048 81.646 81.565 82.339 81.66 81.81 81.892 82.067 81.966 82.689 102.483 131.119 121.601 117.384 115.837 84.995 83.616 81.053 80.841 80.807 80.877 80.653 80.216 80.521 80.092 81.952 80.66 80.382 80.192 79.877 79.88 79.9 80.301 80.963 80.213 80.39 80.48 81.7 80.646 100.166 84.434 82.946 84.896 86.45 88.582 103.146 93.074 94.404 120.042 85.367 81.098 79.927 78.891 78.832
Jaime Alguersuari 100.611 84.416 83.258 82.984 82.73 82.534 82.247 81.924 82.067 82.331 82.191 81.737 81.833 81.838 82.069 82.04 83.101 82.886 82.87 82.7 83.059 83.406 83.731 86.365 81.741 82.134 83.984 82.063 100.391 84.782 80.982 84.145 91.543 106.028 117.655 117.303 114.696 86.061 83.14 82.343 81.914 81.706 81.577 81.765 80.782 80.891 80.948 81.967 80.856 80.353 80.341 80.319 80.7 80.399 80.498 101.248 84.452 79.104 78.608 79.274 80.062 79.569 79.862 80.513 84.289 83.777
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Monaco, 2011

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Monaco, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

Remained 16th at the start and kept pace with Nick Heidfeld, following the Renault driver’s first pit stop and moving up to 11th.

Pastor Maldonado’s retirement promoted him to tenth for a single point.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Failed to progress through Q1 after running into the back of Kamui Kobayashi at Rascasse.

Started on softs and spent 24 laps stuck behind Jarno Trulli until the Lotus driver pitted. Alguersuari’s first pit stop got him ahead, but he spent much of the next stint stuck behind Rubens Barrichello.

He switched to super-soft tyres at his second stop on lap 56. But he ran into the back of Lewis Hamilton’s car as the McLaren driver tried to avoid Adrian Sutil’s Force India, ending his race.

Alguersuari is yet to score a point this year, and Toro Rosso’s post-race press release drew attention to reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo’s second consecutive win in the Formula Renault 3.5 support race at Monaco.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove Alguersuari’s car in first practice.

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14 comments on Toro Rosso: Buemi grabs a point

  1. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 30th May 2011, 12:47

    Algusuari did not have a good weekend whatsoever, and was highly culpable for the mess which brought out the red flag.

    Given the performance that Bourdais put in before he was dumped, I think that Algusuari should consider himself lucky that he’s not been outshone by a team-mate of Vettel’s class and also that he’s got his image to help him within the Red Bull set-up.

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 30th May 2011, 13:01

    I always though Buemi was a better driver than Alguersuari… and this season he’s been showing that if a Toro Rosso driver were to be replaced mid season, it definitely wont be him.

  3. DaveF1 (@davef1) said on 30th May 2011, 13:04

    To be honest after last year I thought Buemi wouldn’t have even been signed for 2011 but kudos to him for really upping his game. Of course he got a lucky point but he easily have ended up binning it into the wall or another drive like his team mate.

    Jamie better start scoring points and soon if he wants to have any chance to be racing come Brazil.

  4. TFLB said on 30th May 2011, 13:06

    Alguersuari was also responsible for one of the most childish pieces of driving for a while in F1. The collision with Kobayashi in qualifying was intentional, he said so himself.

    • James_mc (@james_mc) said on 30th May 2011, 13:39

      Really? That is ridiculous. For all the calls for Hamilton to receive a penalty for the next race as the 20 second one didn’t demote him, surely there should be similar calls for Algusuari to receive a grid-drop following his part in the mess?

  5. Doance (@doance) said on 30th May 2011, 13:30

    When will Ricciardo be racing in F1? Will he be racing?

  6. Tango said on 30th May 2011, 15:43

    Riccardo was in total control of the Formula Renault 3.5 race yesterday. Won’t have settled Buemi and Alguersari’s minds. He is quick, and though he didn’t hammer the competition down, the race was by far the most boring of the week end : it never felt like he could be beaten. I hope he at least graduates to GP2 quickly.

  7. dragon said on 30th May 2011, 16:40

    Why graduate him to GP2? Stick him in Alguersuari’s seat! STR don’t really have much to lose, at this point.

  8. Bleu said on 30th May 2011, 17:46

    I just looked at the lap chart and have to admit that I didn’t pay attention that Alguersuari overtook Buemi a lap before the crash.

    Although he seemed a bit better last year, I think Alguersuari is an example of a driver brought into F1 too early. British F3, half a year of World Series and then to F1 without any testing.

    Ricciardo seems to be a good talent and he is better prepared for F1 drive if he gets one.

    • US_Peter (@us_peter) said on 30th May 2011, 19:59

      I agree, and Alguersuari’s still young enough he could pull a Glock, go to GP2 if he loses his seat, win there, then get another shot at F1.

      • Bleu said on 30th May 2011, 20:17

        Took a look on GP2 grid and 17 of 26 drivers racing in Monaco are actually older than Alguersuari. Two of younger drivers scored points: Kral and Chilton.

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