Scuderia Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi was disappointed at the end of the European Grand Prix today despite scoring points for the second race in succession.
Buemi, who started eleventh, looked on course to finish sixth at one point, however in the closing stages he not only lost out to Force India's Adrian Sutil, but also Kamui Kobayashi. Kobayashi nabbed P7 right at the end, when he made the most of fresh rubber to dive by in the final corner.
Buemi thus came home eighth, later demoted to ninth after he picked up a 5-second penalty for speeding under safety car conditions [see separate story - click here
“This was not a very good race as I could have finished sixth, but I made two mistakes, which have cost us points,” Buemi admitted. “I am happy to be in the points, but disappointed to have missed out on the opportunity to do better.
“As for losing seventh place, I knew Kobayashi was closing very quickly on new tyres, and on the penultimate lap I was locking my front tyres a lot. But at the final corner, I did not think he could brake that late and so I am unhappy that I made the mistake and let him pass.”
Team boss Franz Tost added: “We have often said we need to improve our qualifying performance if we want to score points on a regular basis and yesterday, Buemi did exactly that to start from eleventh on the grid. Today he got the benefit of that and picked up another points' place to follow on from the one he got in Canada two weeks ago.
“Unfortunately, at the very last corner of the race, he lost seventh place to Kobayashi who was running on a very new set of Soft tyres. But we have scored points again, so well done to the team.”
Team-mate Jaime Alguersuari meanwhile had a difficult race and having started 17th, he could do no better than 13th at the flag having struggled with his STR5 all weekend.
“This weekend I never had a hundred percent control of the car, never having quite the right feeling with the brakes and that was my main issue,” Alguersuari explained. “The situation improved slightly during the race, but I never felt the car was mine to do as I wanted. I have to tell myself that better times will come, just like I had earlier in the season. There are still a lot of races to go and once I get back the feeling for the car and its handling, I am sure I can score some points again.”