Toro Rosso: Team miss out on seventh in championship

2011 Brazilian GP team review

Team principal Franz Tost admitted he was disappointed at losing to Sauber:

“At the start of the season, we set ourselves the target of finishing at least eighth in the constructors? championship and that is where we have finished, 36 points ahead of those in ninth place.

“However, having come so close to challenging for seventh place when we picked up a significant number of points in Korea and India, we cannot be happy with missing out on overtaking the team ahead of us, failing to score in the last two races.”

Sebastien Buemi Jaime Alguersuari
Qualifying position 14 13
Qualifying time comparison (Q2) 1’13.919 (+0.115) 1’13.804
Race position 12 11
Laps 70/71 70/71
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 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71
Sebastien Buemi 90.636 82.091 81.275 80.276 80.082 79.878 79.878 79.619 79.742 79.981 79.915 80.005 80.038 79.871 79.848 79.876 79.861 79.902 83.913 95.335 79.094 79.267 79.242 78.6 78.863 78.641 78.505 78.765 78.79 79.168 78.668 78.785 78.588 78.511 78.972 78.904 79.285 79.093 78.53 78.815 79.25 84.373 94.876 78.336 78.054 78.607 78.954 78.323 79.487 80.339 79.802 79.245 78.464 77.932 78.104 77.997 77.669 77.665 77.428 79.328 78.693 77.826 78.156 77.66 77.507 77.788 78.117 78.835 78.226 78.735
Jaime Alguersuari 92.318 81.63 80.59 81.011 80.048 79.865 79.978 79.944 79.596 80.328 80.262 80.23 80.016 79.829 79.789 79.572 79.823 79.887 80.582 81.041 84.22 95.128 78.653 78.411 78.683 78.409 78.322 78.84 78.703 78.523 78.424 78.357 78.548 78.506 78.697 79.251 78.582 78.838 78.625 78.445 78.745 78.697 78.507 78.54 78.707 78.863 79.226 83.774 93.694 78.128 77.981 77.613 77.537 77.552 77.162 77.324 77.596 77.716 78.232 77.788 78.011 77.359 77.793 77.515 78.592 78.044 77.666 77.777 77.733 79.165

Sebastien Buemi

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2011

Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2011

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.417s
Pit stop 2 Medium 22.461s

“We did not have a good preparation for qualifying,” lamented Buemi. “I was unable to run in the morning.”

“Added to the fact I did not drive in FP1, because Jean-Eric [Vergne] was in my car on Friday morning, I?ve really had very few laps so far this weekend. We must learn from these mistakes to ensure we don?t make them again.”

Buemi started one place behind his team mate and finished there after an uneventful race.

Sebastien Buemi 2011 form guide

Jaime Alguersuari

Start tyre Soft
Pit stop 1 Soft 22.773s
Pit stop 2 Medium 21.855s

Alguersuari headed an all-Toro Rosso row seven. But the pair were unable to keep Kamui Kobayashi behind, costing Toro Rosso a chance of seventh in the constructors’ championship:

“This was a difficult race right from the start,” he said, blaming: “low grip in the first stint on the softer tyre, especially in terms of traction and at the exit to slow corners. I was struggling a lot to follow Buemi and Perez.

“The second stint on the harder tyre was much better, but it?s hard to understand in general why we seem to have lost performance in the last two races.”

Jaime Alguersuari 2011 form guide

Jean-Eric Vergne

Drove Buemi’s car in first practice.

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7 comments on Toro Rosso: Team miss out on seventh in championship

  1. smifaye (@smifaye) said on 28th November 2011, 12:45

    We must learn from these mistakes to ensure we don’t make them again

    Well he drives for Toro Rosso who are notorious for allowing drivers a chance on a Friday which is great practice for those drivers. Buemi needs to be able to deal with that and not use it as an excuse. It is probably a mainstay of F1 for the lower teams that someone will be in your car during first practice because of the lack of testing.

    • Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 28th November 2011, 15:06

      @smifaye yeah, but with Toro Rosso in a fierce battle against Sauber, maybe it wasn’t the clever thing to do. Why did they need to put Vergne in the car in THIS race?

      seems a bit bad timed. But I guess they were paid to do it, so…

      • smifaye (@smifaye) said on 28th November 2011, 15:16

        @fer-no65 true they were, but we all dislike drivers excuses. Other drivers managed just fine without the Friday practice. They should probably time it better but maybe the fact Vergne was in the car is a sign that Buemi is on the way out. But that discussion is for another day and another page ;)

  2. Just behind Jaime, but I think Seb won’t retain his seat next season.

  3. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 29th November 2011, 2:01

    The team should be happy for their performance, both the drivers did a great job. I think for 2012 they should have Alguersuari alone with Ricardo in the team.

  4. bosyber (@bosyber) said on 29th November 2011, 12:22

    In a way I’m sorry for the team, but mostly for the drivers, that they lost out on seventh, though I also think Sauber deserve it too, having picked up from a slump two thirds into the season.

    The tightness of the fight between STR,Sauber, FI, and even Renault (and in some races, the tail end Williams, and head of the midfield Mercedes) this year was one of the things to look forward to every race again.

  5. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 29th November 2011, 13:43

    A bit of a disappointing last couple of races for them. Everything looked great in Korea.

    While I do appreciate STR are very much a development team, if they’re going to set themselves targets and evaluate drivers, they need to give maximum track time when it matters; when there are points at stake.

    I have absolutely no idea on what’s going to happen with them for next season. I would like them to retain at least one current driver though.

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