Toro Rosso: Alguersuari shines in team’s best result for 50 races

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 position 13 11
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’38.508 (+0.193) 1’38.315
Race position 9 7
Laps 55/55 55/55
Pit stops 2 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
Sebastien Buemi 118.501 108.559 107.981 107.264 107.574 107.122 106.509 106.546 106.513 106.068 106.313 106.169 105.819 111.717 122.787 117.619 136.663 114.683 155.172 152.475 106.775 104.48 104.473 104.109 104.175 105.398 104.419 104.348 104.379 104.148 103.549 103.768 103.572 103.952 103.97 108.141 121.614 102.392 102.702 102.77 102.548 101.939 102.365 101.431 101.656 103 101.889 102.125 101.109 100.537 101.411 102.501 102.265 102.304 102.488
Jaime Alguersuari 115.953 108.838 107.107 106.564 106.74 106.83 105.838 105.978 106.004 105.43 105.553 105.92 105.549 105.607 105.505 105.437 139.859 140.988 166.554 153.089 105.171 104.297 103.99 104.026 103.841 104.119 104.499 103.53 103.355 103.802 103.116 102.998 103.054 102.907 103.073 103.125 107.519 121.36 102.112 101.964 102.265 102.028 102.679 102.013 102.288 102.042 101.889 101.973 101.703 102.155 101.92 101.86 101.765 102.811 100.94

Sebastien Buemi

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.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Korea, 2011

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Korea, 2011

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.”

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Jean-Eric Vergne

Made his F1 race weekend debut driving Alguersuari’s car in first practice:

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11 comments on Toro Rosso: Alguersuari shines in team’s best result for 50 races

  1. Mr draw said on 17th October 2011, 15:51

    Great drive by both drivers. It looks as if Toro Rosso has improved over the season like Williams did last year. I hope they will finish 6th or 7th in the constructors’ championship.

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 17th October 2011, 15:56

    I feel Alguersuari is slowly growing into a more complete package. Still be bit inconsistent, but he really is a serious candidate for the driver of the weekend to me.

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 17th October 2011, 15:58

    Great (and quiet) job by STR this season. I’ll be surprised if they don’t overtake Sauber in the end.

    Jaime’s ahead of Di Resta in the championship too!

  4. marco_ferrari said on 17th October 2011, 16:52

    Good to see, it wasn t just the “saving tyres magic”… :) Well done, Jaime!
    Now I believe Koba s position in standings is reachable…

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 17th October 2011, 21:17

    I absolutely loved their race! What a great result for them and especially Alguersuari. I know he had a far superior top speed but seeing him kill Rosberg on the long straight was just, wow!

  6. Eggry (@eggry) said on 17th October 2011, 21:21

    Alguersuari was amazing. Toro rosso’s top speed was astonishing(they were faster than DRS enabled top teams!), with good race pace, they managed to have very good race.

  7. Veggen (@veggen) said on 17th October 2011, 22:13

    Great race by ALG, hope he retains his seat for next year.

  8. MattHT (@mattht) said on 17th October 2011, 23:52

    A word for Buemi too, who pulled off numerous good overtakes, including Di Resta twice, I reckon he’d have been neck and neck with his teammate but for the early incident…

  9. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 18th October 2011, 3:19

    I didn’t see Horner in the RBR is he working secretly with the STR? I tip Jaime Alguersuari to Red Bull for 2013 after or if Webber leaves at the end of 2012.

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