Toro Rosso: Alguersuari eighth from pit lane start

2011 Canadian GP team review

Toro Rosso got both cars home in the points for the first time in over two years and moved ahead of Force India to seventh place in the constructors’ championship.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 15 18
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’15.901 (-0.393) 1’16.294
Race position 10 8
Laps 70/70 70/70
Pit stops 4 3

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
Sebastien Buemi 154.44 124.982 124.65 120.316 101.802 103.407 99.259 106.626 112.733 131.269 125.877 118.711 98.827 98.761 98.894 99.594 113.407 96.034 109.579 131.643 106.623 108.959 108.169 131.092 146.686 129.518 121.862 119.901 120 120.528 122.155 122.59 132.814 95.903 95.706 104.218 112.425 125.745 119.466 95.195 93.392 92.667 92.2 93.274 91.236 90.214 90.846 91.334 109.227 99.317 89.521 88.547 86.149 85.818 87.372 104.855 95.189 95.454 116.418 90.001 83.918 84.157 82.383 81.819 81.615 80.248 83.385 79.507 81.659
Jaime Alguersuari 169.371 121.375 125.704 116.127 100.808 99.685 100.4 108.12 112.352 130.517 126.912 117.512 97.865 98.954 98.47 97.102 97.831 97.569 123.011 115.732 109.781 108.446 107.144 136.239 144.099 127.531 122.994 120.813 120.773 120.639 123.09 121.984 118.5 112.317 97.589 103.914 112.309 125.763 119.89 94.894 93.403 92.265 92.317 91.765 90.043 89.462 90.067 90.873 88.322 104.46 98.753 86.628 85.906 86.666 84.07 104.624 105.271 93.82 119.177 88.804 83.192 82.073 81.488 82.515 81.665 81.582 81.21 80.371 80.423

Sebastien Buemi

Buemi was among the first cars to switch to slicks on lap 50 and felt he had made the change too soon.

But the earlier call to switch to intermediates before the race suspension – which his team mate did not do – probably cost him more time.

He was 12th with three laps to go but Paul di Resta’s retirement and Nico Rosberg’s broken wing helped him claim tenth.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari, Narain Karthikeyan, Montreal, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari, Narain Karthikeyan, Montreal, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari

Alguersuari decided to start from the pits on a wet weather set-up. He had been the quickest car in the speed trap in qualifying, indicating he was not running with a lot of downforce.

Staying on wets early on the race helped him up to 14th. He kept his pit stops to a minimum and stayed out of trouble to rise to eighth place.

Felipe Massa passed him six laps from home, but he took advantage of the ailing Rosberg to move up a place on the last lap and claim his first points of the year.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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13 comments on Toro Rosso: Alguersuari eighth from pit lane start

  1. Philonso (@philonso) said on 13th June 2011, 16:29

    could be vital for alguesuari’s career

  2. dyslexicbunny said on 13th June 2011, 16:30

    Good on Alguersuari. He was looking like he was bound to be replaced by Ricciardo in the future. But I think both were aided by the retirements ahead of them. They’ve got some work ahead of them.

  3. BasCB (@bascb) said on 13th June 2011, 16:37

    I am curious to see how this pans out for Alguersuari this year. What will we thing at the end of the year if he again has a very strong mid/second half of the season?

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 13th June 2011, 17:38

      That his first half was short on results. In a chaotic race like this, staying out of problems is enough to be in the points. Hopefully this result gives him confidence so he can perform better.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 14th June 2011, 6:44

        I agree, after too many mistakes in the first races this year, it took a chaos race for him to get back to killer instinct finisher.
        It might well get his season/career going again.

  4. Lee Harrison said on 13th June 2011, 19:13

    Wonder if this result could make Alguersuari’s season the way it made Kovalainen’s when he was struggling for Renault in 2007. Surprised he’s started so badly since he seemed to have Buemi covered most of last year.

  5. MattHT (@mattht) said on 13th June 2011, 22:14

    Agree with Fixy here, people can call up the amount of chaos infront of him as a reason for his high finish – but you have to keep a cool head to battle through it all, and many others did not. Good drive from Jaime at a time when he needed it the most.

    • AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 22:52

      Worked for Jenson!

    • Tom L. (@tom-l) said on 13th June 2011, 23:19

      Keeping a cool head with chaos unfolding around him isn’t a quality we usually associate with Alguersuari but he proved today that he could do it. He certainly made less mistakes yesterday than a certain Jenson Button!

      • Marco said on 14th June 2011, 8:41

        “Keeping a cool head with chaos unfolding around him isn’t a quality we usually associate with Alguersuari”

        Really? He was strong also in changeable conditions at Spa-Francorchamps last year and he was also fast at rainy Yeongyeam… But people as usual forget, that his pitcrew messed his pitstop there, so he lost 4 places… So you are completely wrong here, because exactly chaotic conditions with rain are the ones, in which he is good… Btw. signs of improvement were already in Monaco, where he overtook Buemi on track… The situation caused by Adrian s Sutil puncture lead to that unlucky crash of him and Vitaly Petrov… But this know only people, who are following his performances closely and
        don t look just on results…

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 13th June 2011, 22:51

    Just what they needed after Alguesuari’s qualifying with Ricciardo in his face.

    • Marco said on 14th June 2011, 8:43

      Ricciardo was slower on Friday in Canada
      (2 tenths) and extremely slower on the long run, so at the moment he is not on the performance level of two current drivers…

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