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."