2011 Hungarian GP team review
Buemi gained 15 places during the race and Alguersuari made it a double points finish for Toro Rosso.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q1)||1’24.070 (+0.785)||1’23.285|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
Carrying a five-place grid penalty for his collision with Nick Heidfeld in Germany, Buemi didn’t use the super-soft tyres in qualifying, guaranteeing his elimination in Q1.
From 23rd on the grid Buemi picked off five cars on the run to the first corner. He gained anoher four places over the rest of the lap to hold 14th place as lap two began.
He passed the two Williams drivers in the next two laps to claim 12th. But a late switch to slicks allowed Rubens Barrichello to claim the place back.
Alguersuari had 13th place off him on lap 16 but Buemi continued to move forward, passing Vitaly Petrov.
Unhappy with his car balance, Buemi made his third pit stop on lap 43 which included a front wing adjustment which he quickly felt the benefit of.
He swapped places with Paul di Resta, though the Force India driver came out on top. After the rain shower they found themselves queued up behind Kamui Kobayashi.
Buemi got down the inside of the Sauber on lap 61 to claim eighth place, where he finished.
Buemi said it was “a fantastic race, one of my best.”
“As it began to dry, I felt the set-up was not perfect and I had too much understeer.
I tried not to get upset about it and then the team did a very good job, working at the pit stop to change the wing angle which helped me to save the tyres better and the stop was quick enough for me to jump up a few places.
“When the rain returned, I again felt the car was working very well and I was able to run at a good pace again, which helped me get into the points.”
Continued to prioritise race set-up over qualifying performance in practice and lined up 16th on the grid.
Alguersuari lost out to his team mate at the start but passed Buemi after the first round of pit stops.
He made his final pit stop four laps later than Buemi, and fell back behind his team mate
As Buemi passed Kobayashi Alguersuari tried to follow him through but hit the Sauber and spun, falling behind Nico Rosberg.
Alguersuari eventually took Kobayashi and finished tenth, but felt he could have done better: “Today, it was clear in my mind that I could have finished seventh.
“I made one of my pit stops just as it began raining slightly again. With the tyres not yet up to temperature, at that point it was hard to stay on the track and I went off.
“But I carried on fighting and towards the end, it was unfortunate that I lost another place after the collision with Kobayashi, but as a team performance we can consider we did a good job today.”
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- McLaren: Button made call to stay out during rain
- Red Bull: Vettel says he had the pace to win
- Ferrari: Alonso salvages podium after Webber delay
- Force India: Di Resta claims best result so far
- Toro Rosso: Buemi races to eighth from 23rd
- Renault: No points for first time since 2010
- Sauber: Two-stop gamble fails for Kobayashi
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