Jaime Alguersuari secured his best-ever grid spot today in qualifying for the F1 2011 Belgian Grand Prix.
Alguersuari, who had previously made it into the top-ten shoot-out only once, when he was seventh in China at the start of the year, capitalised on the changeable conditions and on a drying track in Q3, to snatch sixth.
Speaking after the session at Spa, the Toro Rosso man was clearly delighted and he will now be going for his fifth points' finish of the season.
“This was my best ever [quali] performance and the best for the team this year,” Alguersuari said. “I think I have to be very happy with this and also because my team-mate [Sebastien Buemi] came very close to Q3, which shows we have done a good job, not just on the car but in the way we managed the session, being the first out of the pits to get a clear track.
“The weather helped, because the car worked very well on the intermediates and the extreme wets, but we have also been quick in dry conditions. We knew we had a better car here than in Hungary and we have learned a lot about it so far this weekend. Certainly the DRS is now working better than ever before.
“Hopefully tomorrow I can do a good job again and score some more points and I believe we have a good chance of doing that, if we stay calm, because our car has a good pace.
“The start from the third row will be very important and maybe tricky and I really hope it stays dry.”
Buemi meanwhile will line-up in eleventh in the sister car having finished Q2 just on the wrong side of the cut-off.
“It was not easy this afternoon, because the track dried very quickly after the rain actually stopped falling,” Buemi added. “Therefore you had to get a good lap at just the right time. I managed to do that right up until the end, when I made a small mistake. I am a bit angry with myself for that, but eleventh is still a good place to start the race tomorrow.
“I think we have opted for a good compromise in terms of car settings for the race. In any case, the team seems to have made a lot of progress in performance terms so I hope this translates into a good race, because it's tomorrow that the points are given out.”