Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Abu Dhabi, 2011

Toro Rosso: Another blow for Buemi

2011 Abu Dhabi GP team reviewPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastien Buemi retired for third time in four races in Abu Dhabi.

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 13 15
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’41.009 (-0.153) 1’41.162
Race position 15
Laps 19/55 54/55
Pit stops 0 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 120.901 111.456 109.253 108.517 108.704 109.303 108.646 108.6 109.617 108.712 108.763 108.519 109.534 109.513 107.4 108.088 107.094 109.452 146.033
Jaime Alguersuari 121.827 111.789 110.788 110.556 108.792 108.63 108.961 108.787 108.479 108.587 108.613 109.471 108.619 108.905 110.525 153.271 109.425 110.175 109.085 108.348 107.897 108.33 109.344 110.015 109.298 107.924 107.542 107.681 107.493 109.119 110.893 108.237 107.725 108.893 127.109 104.678 105.399 104.995 104.58 104.629 105.226 105.495 105.177 105.338 104.92 104.095 104.093 105.707 104.852 104.651 104.73 104.979 106.827 104.434

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Abu Dhabi, 2011
Start tyre Soft

Yas Marina’s many slow corners did not flatter the STR6’s recent updates in the way India or Korea had. Buemi was the team’s highest qualifier, starting 13th.

He made several attempts to pass Paul di Resta in the first DRS zone early on in the race. Di Resta was repeatedly able to re-pass Buemi in the second DRS zone.

Eventually Di Resta ran wide at turn 11 have completed one of his re-passes, handing the place to Buemi.

But the Toro Rosso driver retired soon after. Buemi explained: “I had to retire because of a loss of fluid from the hydraulic system, which I first felt through the lack of power steering, as this is what makes the most demand on the hydraulics.

“After that, I could not change gear so there was nothing to do but bring the car into the pits and retire.”

This is his second consecutive retirement due to a technical problem and it comes at a critical time for the Toro Rosso drivers as Red Bull seek to promote Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne into F1.

Toro Rosso had previously said Vergne will drive in first practice at the next race in the car of whichever driver has the least points. Buemi has lost this contest partly due to his three retirements in the last four races, none of which were his fault.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Medium 43.574s
Pit stop 2 Soft 21.363s

Buemi wasn’t the only Toro Rosso driver to suffer some misfortune – a slow pit stopped spoiled Alguersuari’s race, costing him around 24 seconds and dropping him to last place.

He was handed a time penalty after the race for failing to observe blue flags, though it made no difference to his finishing position, 15th.

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Jean-Eric Vergne

Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.

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