Toro Rosso: Team draw level with Sauber in championship

2011 Indian GP team review

Toro Rosso and Sauber are now level on 41 points with two races to go.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 9 10
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’26.161 (-0.158) 1’26.319
Race position 8
Laps 24/60 59/60
Pit stops 1 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
Sebastien Buemi 103.429 97.431 95.559 94.699 94.285 94.071 93.414 93.808 94.001 93.322 92.718 92.32 92.34 94.111 92.735 91.712 92.195 95.196 110.986 91.272 91.241 92.079 90.956 91.024
Jaime Alguersuari 102.737 97.394 95.379 94.932 94.249 94.005 93.422 93.552 93.315 92.811 92.733 92.597 93.193 93.226 92.149 94.75 111.006 91.404 91.71 91.677 92.138 92.052 91.377 90.775 91.116 91.836 91.498 91.001 90.908 91.326 93.67 90.785 91.067 91.062 90.107 91.369 90.418 90.899 90.518 90.039 89.543 89.907 89.513 89.301 89.309 93.063 111.039 90.396 89.928 89.509 90.812 90.224 92.016 89.866 89.495 89.621 89.239 89.466 91.973

Sebastien Buemi

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Buddh International CIrcuit

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Buddh International CIrcuit

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.579s

Buemi headed an all-Toro Rosso fifth row of the grid as the team continued its late-season surge.

He locked his tyres heading into turn one as Michael Schumacher and Alguersuari made their way past.

But later in the first stint he followed his team mate past Bruno Senna and Adrian Sutil.

It was all in vain, however, as his car came to a stop on the 25th lap: “When the car stopped, I had just passed Hamilton, I was lying eighth and I think we could have finished in the top eight,” he said.

“When you go from that promising situation, to a non finish with no points, it?óÔéĽÔäós a bit difficult to take.”

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.856s
Pit stop 2 Hard 23.084s

Alguersuari had a fraught Friday, crashing in the first practice session and having a few off-track moment in the second.

But he got it together on Saturday to line up alongside his team mate in the grid.

By lap 14 the Toro Rosso’s strong straight line speed in the DRS zone had taken him up to ninth place. Aided by Felipe Massa’s retirement, he finished eighth to put Toro Rosso level with Sauber in the constructors’ championship.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

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30 comments on Toro Rosso: Team draw level with Sauber in championship

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 31st October 2011, 13:27

    I would love someone to find out why we suddenly had so many gearbox and engine issues this weekend. Might it be it was the sand and dust and dirt doing it?
    Or did teams bring parts that were at the end of their life cycle, that does not sound logical though. They have enough gearboxes and engines left not to have to do that.

  2. ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 31st October 2011, 13:34

    Bad luck for Buemi, he needed some points, and it was terrible timing to have a failure.

    I don’t think either deserve to be sacked, but Buemi may have to be just so they can accomodate Ricciardo and Vergne.

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 31st October 2011, 14:11

      When such a situation as this, when both drivers desperately need points to be in F1 next year, it’s a pity one of them retires. Their qualifying was excellent, and both were strong in the race. Alguersuari continues to impress, sadly Buemi retired because it would’ve been a perfect weekend for STR.

      • Fixy (@fixy) said on 31st October 2011, 14:13

        @ed24f1 probably if Red Bull want Ricciardo in the car (if they’re satisfied with him – otherwise Vergne) they’ll probably drop Buemi, which is a shame as, as you say, neither deserves to be sacked.
        I’m happy STR is improving, but I’m also a Sauber fan and it’s not nice to see these two battling each other. I’d prefer both were ahead of FI, and as much as I hate Sauber falling behind I love STR progressing.

      • ed24f1 (@ed24f1) said on 31st October 2011, 14:27

        @Fixy Yes, and Buemi had the wheel falling off at Suzuka when running in the points, and was taken out by Buemi at Spa while running 5th from memory, so he hasn’t had much luck. No wonder why he was supposedly ‘close to tears’ after India.

        I agree about Sauber, I’d personally like to see them above FI and STR. I do like STR’s current driver line-up though.

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 31st October 2011, 13:38

    Sad Toro Rosso found this kind of pace so late in the season. Alguersuari in particular’s having a spectacular second half of the year.

  4. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 31st October 2011, 13:43

    If only Sauber didn’t get DQ’d in Melbourne, that’s all I’m going to say.

  5. marco_ferrari said on 31st October 2011, 13:45

    Jaime still has a chance to finish inside the top 10 in Drivers Championship, so I hope he will achieve another great results in last two races…

  6. d3v0 (@d3v0) said on 31st October 2011, 14:23

    My heart went out to Buemi when that engine went, the guy was clearly keeping pace with fast cars in front and behind. Did anyone notice how quickly he dispatched the cars that it took Algersuari a bit longer to figure out how to overtake? Hes a good racer, and was on track for a strong result. He and I were both screaming no, no no! as that engine blew during the broadcast. especially since hes my second driver and STR is my team for my F1 fantasy league :D

    • Mr draw said on 31st October 2011, 16:58

      He was the quickest in the speed traps. Usually when an engine nears the end of its life, it delivers more power, so maybe that might have been the case. But it’s a shame he had to retire again in this season without many retirements.

  7. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 31st October 2011, 14:30

    When you think that back in 2009 the team that Toro Rosso have just drawn level with were called BMW (albeit with quite a few changes) it is pretty impressive. I’ve really warmed to Toro Rosso and especially Jamie Alguersuari’s ability as a driver who is completely worthy of his spot in F1.

    I’m glad to see them being the best of the rest most weekends, it’s just a shame there is such a gap between the midfield and the top.

  8. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 31st October 2011, 16:00

    Argh come on Sauber…I admire Toro Rosso’s amazing pace at the minute but seriously. i just hope they’re focussing on next year, which is fair enough, and it seems it’s been that way for a while. But now they could lose out on the extra prize money 7th would give them, let alone 6th which they lost to FI a while back.

    Buemi looked so, so frustrated after his retirement. I don’t blame him. That was the last thing a Toro Rosso driver losing to his team mate at the end of the season needs.

  9. tflb1 (@) said on 31st October 2011, 18:00

    There’s a rumour that Red Bull might buy HRT next year, so perhaps Jaime and Buemi’s seats are safe for next year. Certainly neither of them deserves the sack.

    • celeste (@celeste) said on 1st November 2011, 0:19

      But on the other hand, there is also the rumor of Red Bull selling Toro Rosso, so I wouldn´t hope for the buy inmediatly.

      Beside with this economy I don´t think even Red Bull has the kind of money to have three teams on F1. Didi (Red Bull owner) is a smart man and he doesn´t more than he can handle.

  10. Mikemat5150 (@mikemat5150) said on 1st November 2011, 0:47

    I gotta say I think Buemi is going to be done after this season at Toro Rosso. Jamie has been on an upswing and I see Ricciardo getting the vacated seat with Vergne in as reserve…

    Hopefully Buemi can find another ride or perhaps get a factory prototype drive? He should get in contact with Toyota

  11. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 1st November 2011, 3:02

    Tough luck for Buemi but happy that Alguersuari is getting stronger & stronger for the 2013 promotion.

  12. Eggry (@eggry) said on 1st November 2011, 4:12

    Amazing performance since 2008. with better car two drivers could show their real potential.

  13. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd November 2011, 10:28

    I can’t really understand all this talk of Buemi having to leave over Alguersuari. Admittedly there is very little hope of Buemi catching Alguersuari in the points but I wouldn’t say that either driver is exactly crushing the other.

    I think they should stick with they’re line-up to be honest. I would love to see new talent but let’s just remember how young these guys are and how only last year STR had to design their own car. That’s one hell of a learning curve for all involved.

    Good result for Alguersuari again :D

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