2011 Singapore GP team review
Sebastien Buemi says 12th was the best Toro Rosso were capable of in Singapore.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’48.634 (-1.228)||1’49.862|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Start tyre||Super soft|
|Pit stop 1||Soft 32.827s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 31.394s|
|Pit stop 3||Super soft 32.739s|
Buemi had a bad start to the weekend after crashing at turn 21 on Friday: “When I switched to the super soft [tyres], I was doing a hot lap when I made a small mistake exiting the last chicane and I touched the wall.”
He fell to 15th behind Bruno Senna at the start, and was running behind the Williams drivers after his first pit stop.
He made his second stop during the safety car period, but couldn’t make it to the end of the race without a further stop. That dropped him to 13th, though he passed Rubens Barrichello before the chequered flag.
“I think 12th was pretty much the maximum I could have hoped for today,” was Buemi’s verdict after the race.
“I would say we did not have enough downforce, reflected in the fact we had a very good top speed down the straights, but were not fast enough through the corners. But of course, it is always easy to say these things and be wise in hindsight.”
|Pit stop 1||Soft 30.948s|
|Pit stop 2||Super soft 31.836s|
Alguersuari’s running on Friday was also cut short, as chief engineer Laurent Mekies explained: “our data showed us that he had hit a couple of kerbs very hard and, as a precaution, we brought him in early to check over the car.”
He gambled on starting on soft tyres, but fell to 18th at the start. He spent a frustrating stint behind Jarno Trulli’s Lotus.
Alguersuari held on until lap 17 before pitting, whereupon he came out behind Trulli’s Lotus again. He hit the Lotus, inflicting a puncture on Trulli’s car, in a moment not seen in the television broadcast.
The stewards felt it merited a drive-though penalty, though Alguersuari objected: “I am not really sure why I got it, as I only made very light contact with Trulli.”
He had just been passed by Kamui Kobayashi when he crashed out at turn 18 with five laps to go.
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