Sebastien Buemi believes that he is on course for more points in this weekend's European Grand Prix, as Scuderia Toro Rosso should benefit from the aero package it takes to the streets of Valencia.
Speaking to SPEED.com
, the Swiss driver reflected positively on his scoring performance in the recent Canadian Grand Prix, where he claimed eighth place, and insisted that the STR5 would be a more competitive prospect in the European GP, where it will run a higher downforce package than at the Ile Notre Dame.
“I think, in terms of pure lap time, Valencia should be better for us because, when we use more downforce, we seem to be a little bit more competitive.” Buemi, who briefly led during the pit-stops in Canada, “In Montreal, we seemed to take a step back on low fuel compared to the Williams and the Mercedes but, next time, we should again be close to the Williams.”
Despite struggling to better 15th on the grid in Canada, Buemi climbed through the field after starting on Bridgestone's prime tires and running the long first stint that elevated him to top spot while the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Mark Webber pitted for replacement rubber. Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari also translated 16th on the grid into twelfth at the flag, narrowly missing out on points.
“It was a lot better than the last few races," Buemi said of the return to Canada, "I started on the prime, and it had a lot less degradation. It was my idea - the engineers were pushing for the option to start with, and I was really pushing for the prime - so I'm really happy that it turned the right way.
"I was lucky on the first lap to come through the [Vitaly Petrov-inspired] incident, which was not the case in the last races. This time I had no issues. I've been really unlucky this year, so it was a really good result and the team did a really good job. Everything went well, from the start to the pit-stop strategy. [The team] did fantastic work with the strategy - they made difficult calls and the pit-stops were all fine. Sometimes, with so many pit-stops, you can lose a lot of time, but it was not the case.
"I was running with [Fernando] Alonso and Hamilton at the beginning, and I had to close them. It was really good fun, and to have four points is really good."