Scuderia Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari managed to finish in the points in front of his home fans on Sunday at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya - venue for the Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round on the calendar.

Alguersuari, who broke his F1 points' duck last month when he was ninth in Malaysia, eventually finished in tenth after an eventful race. Indeed while he had a great start and made up six places, he lost time with a front left wheel nut problem during his pit stop. He also had a coming together with Karun Chandhok's Hispania car and subsequently picked up a drive-through penalty as a result.

Despite all that though, he recovered and eventually finished in P10, to take his and the team's points tally for F1 2010 to three.

"I've got to be happy with scoring a point, even if my race was a bit of a mess, with the problem at the pit stop with the front left wheel nut and then the penalty after my collision with [Karun] Chandok, but mistakes are part of racing," Alguersuari said.

"I was pleased that I got a very good start as it was important to get past other cars immediately, if I was going to have a good race. The backmarkers were very tough to overtake as they don't move out of the way that much and they are really slow. I am pleased with tenth place, even if I am upset a bit, because it could have been so much better, especially as our race pace was very strong.

"Now we go to Monaco where I know there is more potential to come from me, as I am still learning a lot and there is more to come from the team and the car. It will be another new track for me, which I will need to learn well if I want to score points again. I feel very motivated about the next race."

Team-mate Sebastien Buemi meanwhile wasn't so fortunate and retired for the third time this year.

"When the lights went out, initially I got off the line well and had a good start. A bit later, I was trying to pass [Pedro] de la Rosa going down the left side and he suddenly moved over towards me. We were very close and the impact broke my front wing, so I had to come in and change the nose," Buemi recalled.

"After that, my pace was not too bad, but then I got a drive-through for a pit lane infringement, but I'm not really sure why and finally I had to retire in the garage with a hydraulic problem. At least there are just a few days to the Monaco Grand Prix when I can try again to get my first worthwhile result of the season," he concluded.


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