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Alguersuari: I’d prefer to qualify badly and race well

Jaime Alguersuari says a strong race performance is his aim in Germany, with qualifying not being too important based on recent races
Jaime Alguersuari has hinted that he wouldn't be concerned if he was to fail to make it out of the first stage of qualifying for a fourth successive race in Germany this weekend.

The Toro Rosso driver hasn't made it through to Q2 since the Spanish Grand Prix back in May but has managed to score points in the last three races – taking eighth in Canada and Valencia before finishing tenth at Silverstone last time out.

Alguersuari's recent results have gone a long way towards securing his role with the team for the remainder of the season after a difficult start to the year led to suggestions he could be replaced by Daniel Ricciardo – who has since been placed at Hispania by Red Bull to gain race experience.

Eager to maintain his form, the Spaniard admitted that failing to make it past Q1 again at the Nurburgring could actually be beneficial to his chances as he would have an extra set of tyres to use on race day – something which he used to his benefit in the last three races.

"I wouldn't mind not going into Q2 and qualifying eighteenth at the Nurburging," he was quoted as telling Radio Nacional de Espana in his homeland. "That way I keep a set of tyres.

"I am sure about it because at first I did the opposite and it was very bad. I'd prefer not to qualify, have a good race car and finish in the points."



Related Pictures

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09.07.2011- Qualifying, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso
09.07.2011- Saturday Practice, Jaime Alguersuari (SPA), Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Haas F1 Team VF-16
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
27.11.2016 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
27.11.2016 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 leads Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Race, Start of the race, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Manor Racing MRT05
27.11.2016 - Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
27.11.2016 - Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-31, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 and Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11

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TheYosh - Unregistered

July 20, 2011 8:22 AM

I really hate how saving the tires from qualifying can benefit you in the race. I don't know if this is possible, can't we just give the teams fresh sets of tires on race day? I would think this would really make qualifying exciting to watch since all the teams would be going flat out to try and get the best possible position.

James Montgomery

July 20, 2011 10:43 AM

Logical thinking, his poor qualifying has saved him tyres for the race and has put it to good use. Don't get points in qualifying so why not, he is making the risk work and has now got ahead of Buemi in the championship. The Toro Rosso isn't a fast car so having fresher tyres makes all the difference!



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