Sebastien Buemi produced his best qualifying performance to date at Interlagos to continue an impressive start to the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.
The Swiss driver had come close to setting the pace in the second free practice session in Friday and carried his form into Saturday, where wet weather and challenging conditions greeted the teams.
While other more experienced drivers struggled to cope with the rain that forced numerous delays to qualifying, Buemi made it through to Q3 and briefly held provisional pole before eventually being forced to settle for sixth place.
Having shown his pace, Buemi will now look to bring home a points finish to repay the Toro Rosso team after its tough weekend in Japan and the Swiss ace said he was confident for race day whatever the conditions throw up.
“Of course I am happy, as sixth is my best ever qualifying result,” he said. “It was a difficult session and I just stayed in the car, trying to remain focused. Our goal for tomorrow is to score some points. But with this kind of weather anything can happen.
“I would prefer it to be dry tomorrow, but so far this weekend, we have been quick whatever the track conditions, so I will be fighting my hardest if it's wet or dry.”
To cap a strong day for the Red Bull-owned team, Jaime Alguersuari also produced his best qualifying performance to date as the teenager set the twelfth fastest time.
“That was not bad and I'm happy with the result,” he said. “There was a lot of water and it was easy to crash, so my priority was to stay on the track, making no mistakes. Visibility was very bad in these conditions, so I hope we have better conditions for the race. I think I did the best I could today.
“To make it through to Q3 would have required using the intermediate tyre, but we gambled on sticking on the extreme and the final result is pretty good anyway.”