2011 Korean GP team review
Jaime Alguersuari equalled the best finish of his career with seventh while Toro Rosso scored their best result since Melbourne 2009.
|Sebastien Buemi||Jaime Alguersuari|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q2)||1’38.508 (+0.193)||1’38.315|
Toro Rosso drivers’ lap times throughout the race (in seconds):
|Start tyre||Super soft|
|Pit stop 1||Soft 22.098s|
|Pit stop 2||Super soft 21.992s|
Buemi was tapped by Kamui Kobayashi at the first corner and dropped back three places to 17th.
But he made rapid progress, passing Heikki Kovalainen and then the two Williams drivers over the next three laps.
He claimed another victim in the DRS zone on lap seven, taking 13th off Kobayashi.
Buemi spent the second stint catching the Force Indias, and used the DRS zone again to demote Paul di Resta.
He found himself back behind the Force India in the final stint but once again he was able to take the VJM04 and claim ninth place.
|Start tyre||Super soft|
|Pit stop 1||Super soft 22.301s|
|Pit stop 2||Soft 22.325s|
Alguersuari had a run-in with Sebastian Vettel in the final practice session, the world champion clearly getting agitated as he caught the Toro Rosso driver.
Alguersuari explained what happened: “I was on a long run, he was on his fast lap, so I let him by.
“Then he made a mistake so he was behind me, but he caught me again. Having already let him by once, I pushed for another lap on my long run. You cannot keep letting one driver pass you.
“I know it would have been easier for him if I had moved over again, but I also had a job to do to get enough data, because we had no information regarding a long run in the dry because of yesterday’s rain. I’m sorry about that, but they have to understand my point of view too.”
Alguersuari’s practice efforts paid off as he matched his best career result with seventh on race day.
His progress in the race was aided by the Toro Rosso being the best part of 4kph quicker than any other car through the speed trap. He passed both Force India drivers in the first stint and gained two more places after the crash between Michael Schumacher and Vitaly Petrov.
In the final stint he chased down Nico Rosberg and passed the Mercedes in the DRS zone on the penultimate lap – only to run wide and lose the place again.
He tried again on the final tour and this time he was successful, claiming a ‘best of the rest’ seventh behind the Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris.
He praised the team’s developments afterwards, saying: “The Toro Rosso team has done a fantastic job, not just this weekend, but also going back to Suzuka, where we introduced some updates on the car.
“In Japan, we did not make the most of them but in the few days in between the races the team has done really well to move forward for here.”
Made his F1 race weekend debut driving Alguersuari’s car in first practice:
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