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Alguersuari: Hamilton braked so hard I couldn't stop...

Although it will doubtless only have turned up the pressure on him this season, young Scuderia Toro Rosso ace Jaime Alguersuari insists he was blameless in the multiple accident in Monaco that brought out the red flag
Jaime Alguersuari insists he was blameless in the multi-car accident in the closing stages of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix that left Lotus Renault GP rival Vitaly Petrov briefly hospitalised – as Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Sébastien Buemi conversely tallied his third points-scoring finish of the F1 2011 campaign.

Alguersuari was already on the back foot after exiting the fray at the Q1 stage in qualifying, as a string of disappointing performances this season continued in the glamorous Principality, and he happened to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time on lap 69 of the race when matters came to a head.

A lapped runner in amongst the fraught four-way scrap over fifth place between Adrian Sutil, Pastor Maldonado, Petrov and Lewis Hamilton, Alguersuari opportunistically followed Hamilton past Petrov to un-lap himself, but was then caught out by the McLaren-Mercedes man unexpectedly braking as Sutil – missing a tyre as a result of contact with the wall at Tabac – shot straight across the track at the Swimming Pool and forced his pursuers to take avoiding action.

In the ensuing chaos and confusion, Alguersuari rode up over the back of Hamilton's car and into the barriers, with the following Petrov left with nowhere to go but into the barriers himself. There was, the Spaniard reflected, little he could have done.

“I seemed to be in traffic all the time, which is normal here, so I was unable to exploit the full potential of the tyres,” lamented the 21-year-old, under pressure to retain his seat at STR from test and reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo, who triumphed in the World Series by Renault race in Monte Carlo. “It was very difficult, or nearly impossible to overtake, so there was not much I could do having started so far back on the grid.

“As for the accident towards the end, I think Sutil had a problem with his rear tyre, so Hamilton braked very hard in front of me and, although I also braked as hard as I could, it was too late – I could not stop and went into him. Of course it's disappointing, but our race pace is encouraging so I hope we can make use of that in Montreal in two weeks' time.”

Buemi, happily, prevented Toro Rosso from heading home entirely empty-handed, with a solid run to tenth place and the final points-paying position in what he confessed was a tremendously confusing race – meaning the Swiss ace now leads his team-mate seven-nil in the points standings in 2011, and is continuing to outpace him weekend-in, weekend-out.

“I started 16th and finished tenth after a very difficult grand prix, because by the end of it, I have to admit I was not too sure where we were in terms of strategy and tyres, with the situation made more complicated by the safety car and the red flag,” he mused.

“I think we can be happy with our race pace as my lap times were quite good, and to come away from the toughest race of the year with a point is pleasing, especially when you consider our qualifying did not go so well. Now I am looking forward to Canada, where I had a good race last year, finishing eighth.”





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26.05.2011- First Practice Session, SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
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newtown - Unregistered

May 31, 2011 5:41 PM

What I don't understand is how Sutil has not been reprimanded by the stewards, he caused the whole crash by cutting the chicane and crossing in front of Hamilton knowing he was one tyre short, causing Hamilton to have to brake hard to avoid hitting him. A dangerous move by Sutil especially given the number of faster cars behind him.

Green Monster

May 31, 2011 6:09 PM

Sutil was pushed wide into the wall by Maldonado, which caused his tyre to get punctured. He then attempted to get back to the pits, cutting the chicane, but only the front half of his car was back on the circuit. Hamilton hit the brakes to avoid a possible collision and that caused Alguersuari to hit Lewis.



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