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Alguersuari: I was quicker than Heidfeld and Schumacher

Jaime Alguersuari: Getting back into the points from eighteenth on the grid was a good result after we failed to make the most of the soft tyre in qualifying.
'Another good performance' saw Jaime Alguersuari score for the third race in succession on Sunday at Silverstone.

Alguersuari, who only qualified 18th for the F1 2011 British Grand Prix, put in a good recovery drive in his Toro Rosso and he eventually took tenth at the flag only just behind Michael Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld. However he felt he was 'definitely faster' than those two veterans only to be held back by a lack of straight-line speed, possibly due to too much downforce.

“In the early stages, all I was concentrating on was staying on the track, as it was very slippery and I wanted to make no mistakes and get to the finish. I was definitely faster than Heidfeld and Schumacher, around most of the lap [at the end], as was the case in Valencia,” Alguersuari confirmed. “But we could not make the most of this as I then lost out to them going down the straight. I'm not sure why that was the case, maybe we ran with a bit more downforce than them.

“However, I am happy for the team, who I thank for doing a good job, as getting back into the points from eighteenth on the grid was a good result after we failed to make the most of the soft tyre in qualifying.”

Team-mate Sebastien Buemi meanwhile failed to finish following an incident with Paul di Resta, which put him out on lap 26.

“I'm a bit disappointed as I feel we could have picked up some points today,” Buemi lamented. “I was running at a good pace. I would like to see the footage with Di Resta again to see exactly what happened.

“But from the cockpit, I was on the dry line, he tried to come up the inside of me where the track surface was still very wet. So he could not brake as hard as if he had been on the dry and I felt an impact. He had touched my left rear tyre which shredded it. But that's racing, so it's best to forget it and start thinking about the next race at the Nurburgring.”

“Another exciting race in general and also for Scuderia Toro Rosso in particular, because yet again we finished in the points, the sixth time from nine races this season and the fourth time in a row,” summarised team principal Franz Tost,

“It was another good performance from Jaime. He had a fantastic race, building on a good start. In the final stages he caught up to Schumacher and came close to passing him on the last lap.

“Unfortunately, Sebastien's race ended after a collision with Di Resta, which in my opinion was quite clearly the fault of the Force India driver, as he came up the inside and did not stop, destroying Buemi's left rear tyre, which meant he had to retire at the side of the track.

“In race conditions, the STR 6 seems to work very well as it produced some excellent lap times. Overall the team did a good job, including the choice of strategies and we were competitive throughout the afternoon.

“All these positive factors mean we can look forward to the next round at the Nurburgring with confidence.”


Related Pictures

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10.07.2011- Race, Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31  and Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
10.07.2011- Race, Nick Heidfeld (GER) Lotus Renault GP R31  and Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
10.07.2011- Race, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
10.07.2011- Race, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6 and SŽbastien Buemi (SUI), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
09.07.2011- Qualifying, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
09.07.2011- Saturday Practice, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6

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MikeG - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 9:09 AM

Algy just doesn't seem to be able to do it in qualifying, so he is always fighting from the back. Seems to have good race pace though and it would be interesting to see how he would do with a decent quali. Hope he gets another year.



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