Toro Rosso: Buemi says 12th was “the maximum”

2011 Singapore GP team review

Sebastien Buemi says 12th was the best Toro Rosso were capable of in Singapore.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 14 16
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’48.634 (-1.228) 1’49.862
Race position 12 21
Laps 60/61 56/61
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 58 59 60 61
Sebastien Buemi 130.738 119.915 118.804 119.371 118.305 118.804 119.38 118.529 119.045 120.257 128.983 140.361 116.533 117.385 117.223 118.298 119.015 117.232 116.922 118.286 117.191 117.915 117.436 117.145 117.139 117.101 119.485 118.268 140.27 142.557 129.715 138.894 116.205 115.489 116.61 116.481 117.662 116.122 115.512 114.814 114.854 114.677 115.426 114.879 116.128 115.406 115.715 116.069 123.459 135.827 112.197 113.179 112.41 113.199 113.303 113.405 115.723 117.584 115.446 115.658
Jaime Alguersuari 133.094 120.696 119.62 119.616 119.254 119.302 119.263 119.237 118.936 119.908 120.452 122.948 121.129 121.165 121.568 121.769 129.761 141.142 119.448 116.351 116.014 116.152 116.195 123.611 132.9 116.387 116.397 123.271 144.428 124.008 166.786 160.517 121.622 118.512 128.484 137.306 113.676 114.6 115.485 114.832 115.881 115.63 117.466 115.587 116.832 116.018 116.054 117.865 116.257 118.857 116.586 117.04 119.156 120.123 121.884 120.568

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Singapore, 2011

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Singapore, 2011

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.”

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Start tyre Soft
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.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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7 comments on Toro Rosso: Buemi says 12th was “the maximum”

  1. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 26th September 2011, 12:53

    Torro Rosso have made a step this year, but not as much as they seemed to have done a few races ago. Yes, in the races, they are now fighting Sauber (well, even Renault here, but I’ll await Keith’s post on them for that :), but that’s because Sauber has slipped a bit in recent races, and Williams are behind only because they themselves have slipped.

    Still, I suppose not slipping further behind is a step forward for the team. I hope they can keep stepping up their game. At least their sponsor situation seems healthier.

    I guess that the penalty for Alguesuari shows a consistency with the penalty Hamilton got: both clipped a car in front, causing a puncture. I am not sure it is consistent with earlier decisions, but it seems clear enough a rule to learn if it will be kept to from now on.

  2. Mr draw said on 26th September 2011, 14:21

    Despite his good form in the summer, Alguersuari was humiliated this weekend by Bümi.

  3. Marco_ferrari said on 26th September 2011, 16:56

    How easy…:) You probably don t know about the teams mistake with the suspension setup configuration? Later on Friday they decided to go a risky way and it led to increasing tyre degradation… The car was sliding all the way almost in a rally style and it was horrible to watch… Alguersuari said that in Suzuka the team will return to previous suspension setups, which were successfull… A weekend to forget, but not just because of a mistake of Alguersuari, but also a mistake from the team…

  4. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 27th September 2011, 7:53

    Not a bad result for Buemi but I guess Alguersuari’s drive-through ruined his race.

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