Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Hungaroring, 2011

Toro Rosso: Buemi races to eighth from 23rd

2011 Hungarian GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Buemi gained 15 places during the race and Alguersuari made it a double points finish for Toro Rosso.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 23 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q1) 1’24.070 (+0.785) 1’23.285
Race position 8 10
Laps 69/70 69/70
Pit stops 3 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 126.089 112.143 109.158 108.337 106.46 105.927 104.827 104.558 103.268 103.676 101.691 104.712 121.596 93.88 91.893 91.793 90.028 89.633 89.569 89.526 89.655 89.471 93.553 89.534 92.101 107.44 87.484 87.418 87.638 87.81 87.722 87.684 87.491 87.65 88.069 88.527 90.032 87.833 87.875 88.246 88.479 88.193 90.234 106.871 87.83 91.272 92.58 90.15 95.914 101.487 94.465 89.781 89.44 90.642 87.387 90.104 89.673 89.028 90.219 89.953 86.84 86.238 86.063 86.18 85.977 86.074 86.056 86.269 88.758
Jaime Alguersuari 126.361 113.131 109.817 107.766 106.394 105.903 105.079 104.487 103.707 103.384 101.629 101.677 102.668 115.595 91.348 90.348 89.314 89.703 89.761 89.555 89.564 89.506 89.375 92.709 109.487 89.128 87.571 87.918 87.582 87.326 87.282 88.001 87.8 88.754 88.739 88.796 88.105 87.723 87.667 87.889 87.653 88.183 89.103 88.51 88.418 93.113 94.679 106.751 95.666 107.866 95.773 90.569 88.408 87.97 88.053 88.102 89.504 88.893 90.214 89.968 91.506 87.78 86.804 86.553 88.009 86.549 86.261 86.025 86.375
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Hungaroring, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Hungaroring, 2011

Sebastien Buemi

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.”

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

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.”

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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