The Toro Rosso driver pairing of Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi are hoping for a return to the points’ positions at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.
When asked about their prospects for this weekend, both felt confident that the high-downforce circuit would better suit the handling of the Ferrari-powered STR5 chassis, which seemed down on pace at the Hockenheim.
“We are bringing a new floor and some new stuff,” Buemi told reporters. “It’s always difficult to get the maximum out of it on the first day but I am expecting it to be a better race.”
Buemi added that the summer conditions in Hungary will also help their performance, with the STR5 blighted by being unable to generate enough heat in the harder-compound Bridgestone tyres.
“Hungaroring is hot, which is normally a little bit better for us,” he added. “The tyre combination is a little bit better for us as well because we struggle with the harder compounds.
“And the F-duct is not worth so much. In Hockenheim, it was quite a big difference – you could expect four or five tenths – but here that is not the case. So that’s already three points that are better for us,” he concluded.
For team-mate Alguersuari, this weekend marks the anniversary of his Grand Prix debut, where he first appeared as a 19-year-old for Toro Rosso last year. He is similarly positive about his chances this weekend.
“We both know the track, so we can start pushing from Friday onwards. I expect to have a lot from the upgrades. There are no big straights for the F-duct, and that will help us,” he said.
“I expect at least both of us to start in the top 13. If you start in the top 13, you have the chance to score points.”
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