Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back

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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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19 comments on Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back

  1. Sam3110 said on 27th June 2011, 14:36

    Alguersuari said he wasn’t concerned about being knocked out in Q3 for the third race in a row, as he had concentrated on perfecting his race set-up.

    I think you mean Q1 Keith :)

    Anyway, I like Alguesuari, and as he is the younger of the two I would like to see him retain his place in the team instead of Buemi, as I feel he has more natural pace. However, if he is using practice to still setup his car, maybe he isn’t very skilled at learning the circuits and changing setups to get the most out of his car?

  2. Todfod (@todfod) said on 27th June 2011, 14:41

    Jaime needed this result, off late he had looked really lack lustre. I think he just bought some more races in that Toro Rosso seat with that performance, but I still think that Ricciardo will driver a few races instead of him this year.

    • d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 28th June 2011, 4:33

      I agree here. It can be argued that Jaime’s points scoring positions in the past two races were a result of his team’s strategy more than his driving. He was out qualified by Buemi in both races. In fact, in Canada he started from the pit lane because STR decided to give him a full wet setup after he failed to reach Q2. He failed to reach Q2 in Valencia again as well.

      • Marco said on 28th June 2011, 10:36

        But you also NEED TO MAKE THE STRATEGY WORK…
        Jaime was very fast in Valencia and in Canada he was also doing great ON DRYING TRACK overtaking Maldonado, Barrichello and Rosberg… So, it was not just because of the wet setup… Buemi were not able to respond in both occasions… He was always more a qualifyier then a racer, direct opposite to Jaime… And as far as I know points are given ONLY ON SUNDAY…

  3. kowalsky said on 27th June 2011, 14:52

    They are so equaly matched that’s going to be a close call for the bosse this time. But one of them has no future at toro rosso, because ricciardo seams the real deal. Whao is going to be is interesting to see. I wouldn’t bet on any of those.

  4. Marco said on 27th June 2011, 14:53

    Nice to see Jaime ahead of Buemi in the standings, now… :) After race in Turkey, which was his lowest point, is his pace constantly improving… In opposite to others, I was pleased also with Jaime s drive in Monaco, where he overtook Buemi on track for 12th position… Pity about that unlucky incident, finishing ahead would definitely do him good… Now sorting out the quali, but I remember it was very similiar last year Buemi being faster on one lap, but it all completely change after race in Silverstone… I would welcome a replay of that situation… :)

  5. Fixy (@fixy) said on 27th June 2011, 15:46

    I don’t think bringing rookies in early does good to their careers. Many drivers are seen as future champions and are brought up to higher categories too early, when they still aren’t competitive, and everyone thinks they’re not so good in the end. All drivers should be treaten in the same way, who wins gets promoted and in the end reach F1.

  6. 85Q said on 27th June 2011, 16:28

    I really like jamies attitude, funny really as at the start of his career i really didnt.

    I was really pleased to see him do well at the weekend. and in canada too. great drive!

    so where do we place STR pace wise? what do they get these days from red bull? its really hard to judge them. As we dont really know how good either JA or SB are? i think they should put a steady hand in there before throwing another rookie at it, then we might have half an idea how quick the car is.

    • bobo said on 27th June 2011, 17:06

      I thought it was an issue of RBR looking for somebody to replace Mark in the medium term. If they don’t think that Buemi or Jaime is what they are looking for they may be more than happy to ‘throw’ another rookie at it, not because they think he might be better, just because they have nothing to lose by trying him out.

      Of course (as many have said) this might not be the best way to asses and develop a talented driver. As it happens though, they only need one every few years…

      I was happy to see Jaime doing well too, and I am interested in seeing how the rest of the season will turn out for him.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 28th June 2011, 0:54

      They get nothing from Red Bull apart from their sponsorship.

  7. Xanathos said on 27th June 2011, 20:12

    It will be interesting to see when ricciardo will finally come in and who he will be replacing. Since both drivers are equal on points now this duel will be interesting to watch during the next few races. But I’m pretty certain that one of them will have to go by the end of the year; Red Bull are looking for a replacement for Webber, most likely after 2012, and none of those seems to have what it takes to drive for a top team, even if they are good midfield drivers. It won’t hurt STR to try out Ricciardo for a few races, but he definetely won’t be ready for a RBR seat next year…

  8. sato113 (@sato113) said on 27th June 2011, 20:47

    could hamilton have done a two stop and finished on the podium?

  9. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 28th June 2011, 0:21

    A good race indeed from Alguersuari and not the worst position either for Buemi, considering where he started.

    I remember the STR boys doing a good job of looking after their tyres early on, hope they manage to keep that form. Alguersuari is very young and I think he is doing pretty well!

  10. antonyob said on 28th June 2011, 9:59

    Great stuff. Ive been a fan of his since i saw a shot of him exciting the tunnel at Monaco in a 150mph over steer. May have been a fluke, you dont get to see that much of him but it was a fabulous sight.

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