Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Valencia, 2011

Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back

2011 European GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Valencia, 2011
Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Valencia, 2011

After a difficult start to the season, Jaime Alguersuari has scored points in the last two races.

He is now level with team mate Sebastien Buemi in the drivers’ championship, both on eight points.

It’s a timely resurgence in form as the team are known to be considering promoting Daniel Ricciardo to a race seat.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 17 18
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’39.679 (-0.553) 1’40.232
Race position 13 8
Laps 56/57 56/57
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
Sebastien Buemi 119.721 109.156 108.124 108.038 107.576 107.159 107.147 107.304 107.522 107.698 109.241 107.359 107.588 123.42 112.62 106.617 105.833 105.681 106.054 106.692 105.924 105.707 105.872 106.278 105.531 120.127 111.25 104.428 104.918 104.769 104.884 104.571 105.016 104.83 104.883 104.793 104.925 105.321 105.118 105.301 105.036 105.377 107.304 106.082 121.442 111.311 104.103 104.553 104.243 104.35 104.249 104.775 104.416 104.312 104.266 104.568
Jaime Alguersuari 121.725 109.887 107.883 107.515 107.558 107.028 106.664 106.775 107.239 107.809 108.958 107.533 107.518 108.177 107.324 107.106 106.673 107.207 122.776 111.383 105.453 105.712 104.952 105.262 105.134 104.975 104.576 104.733 104.5 104.346 104.516 104.555 104.744 105.021 104.836 104.835 105.24 105.749 106.965 106.078 106.909 122.189 111.6 105.22 104.095 103.934 103.753 103.945 103.91 103.904 107.05 103.93 103.579 103.819 104.383 104.245

Sebastien Buemi

Buemi followed the strategy used by most drivers – three soft-tyre stints followed by a stop for mediums.

He started well, picking up three places, and later gained another due to Michael Schumacher’s woes.

The team made a close call to keep him out in front of the chasing Paul di Resta, Kamui Kobayashi, and Vitaly Petrov, who were right behind him after his final pit stop.

But seeing his team mate leap-frog him completely left Buemi baffled: “I?m not sure why I was not quick enough, as after the first stint I could no longer match my team-mate?s times, so we will have to look at the data.”

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Alguersuari said he wasn’t concerned about being knocked out in Q1 for the third race in a row, as he had concentrated on perfecting his race set-up.

It paid off handsomely as he made up ten places to equal his best ever race finish.

Alguersuari bucked convention by making two pits stops – he came in for his second on the same lap Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber made their third, despite having only used soft tyres up to that point.

He came out of the pits in 11th place but poised to benefit from three cars who were yet to make their final pit stops.

Alguersuari said: “I am very happy with this result, especially after I only qualified in eighteenth place.

“It definitely paid off to concentrate on race set-up. This was a fantastic race and I want to thank my mechanics who worked so hard after the problems we had with my car on Friday during free practice. So this result is a reward I am happy to give them.

“Even though I still struggle to get the best out of the tyres in qualifying, I feel I now have a much better understanding of how to use them in the race and that?s definitely the best way round as the points are only given out after the race!”

Daniel Ricciardo

Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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