Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2011

Toro Rosso: Penalties and wrong set-up for Buemi

2011 German GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

With two penalties and a wet set-up for a dry race, it was a poor weekend for Sebastian Buemi.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 24 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’33.546 (-0.152) 1’33.698
Race position 15 12
Laps 59/60 59/60
Pit stops 2 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
Sebastien Buemi 113.466 103.621 101.805 100.532 100.429 100.16 100.287 99.957 99.865 111.845 122.971 100.533 99.787 100.063 99.897 99.739 100.249 100.651 99.035 99.13 98.929 98.614 99.027 99.451 98.676 99.306 99.021 99.065 98.932 98.978 98.692 100.211 99.369 99.616 99.773 103.778 117.907 98.937 98.631 98.598 98.246 98.581 100.858 98.969 98.93 99.684 98.423 97.863 97.988 98.453 98.25 98.721 99.422 98.482 98.246 97.945 98.273 98.027 97.9
Jaime Alguersuari 110.674 102.201 101.052 100.325 100.618 100.201 100.013 99.68 99.949 99.995 100.643 101.322 100.658 100.345 100.428 100.929 101.234 100.438 99.997 100.289 100.239 100.274 102.739 116.498 97.886 97.858 97.522 98.345 98.065 98.024 97.803 97.54 98.278 98.196 98.626 98.512 97.894 98.479 98.179 99.188 99.326 98.105 100.794 116.686 98.254 97.857 97.646 97.439 97.559 97.505 97.889 98.323 98.092 99.544 97.448 97.906 97.82 97.827 97.415

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Nurburgring, 2011

Buemi had a frustrating weekend which began with a high-speed spin at the end of first practice. He didn’t set a time in second practice as his mechanics worked on a misfire on the car.

This was later blamed for the irregularity in his fuel sample which caused the stewards to delete his qualifying time. Buemi had out-qualified Alguersuari for the eighth time in ten races.

He worked his way past the stragglers at the start to hold 16th by lap five. But he was caught by Nick Heidfeld and pushed the Renault off the track on the run to the chicane as Heidfeld tried to pass.

The stewards handed down a grid penalty for the following race rather than penalise Buemi during the Grand Prix, perhaps to ensure the punishment carried some weight. Buemi’s race had been further compromised by a puncture incurred during the contact.

Buemi was unrepentant afterwards (“Heidfeld drove into me at the chicane”) and added that he had gambled on a wet weather set-up for the race which hadn’t paid off.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Alguersuari was another driver to complain of braking problems during the race.

His run of points finishes came to an end as he admitted “our pace was not as good as at Valencia or Silverstone”.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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