Jaime Alguersuari was a happy chappy after his home race, managing to salvage a point with a 10th-placed finish in spite of a drive-through penalty for colliding with HRT’s Karun Chandhok.
It was another hard-charging drive from the 20-year-old Spaniard, and he moved into the top-ten in the closing stages when Lewis Hamilton retired on the penultimate lap.
One of the highlights of Jaime’s race was another demon passing move on Nico Hülkenberg, with Alguersuari again making the move around the outside of the Williams driver, this time under braking into Turn 1. It is the second time he has achieved this feat, after overtaking the German around the outside of Turn 5 at Sepang.
"I was pleased that I got a very good start, as it was important to get past other cars immediately if I was going to have a good race … it could have been so much better, especially as our race pace was very strong.” a suitably pleased Alguersuari said after the race.
Later in the race, however, Jaime would come unstuck with a clumsy – and justifiably penalised – move on Karun Chandhok (pictured left), when he literally drove the HRT driver off the circuit at Turn 12 after lapping the backmarker. The contact saw Karun’s front wing ripped off his car, and the stewards took no time in hauling Jaime in to serve a drive-through penalty.
That being said, the Toro Rosso driver still didn’t seem to grasp the magnitude of his error, and rather petulantly added: “The backmarkers were very tough to overtake, as they don’t move out of the way that much and they are really slow.”
They can’t exactly get out of the way when you’re driving into them Jaime!
Alguersuaris team-mate Sébastien Buemi also incurred a drive-through penalty during the race, for ‘rejoining [the circuit] in a dangerous’ manner after a near-miss with Vitantonio Liuzzi’s Force India, where he came back onto the circuit at Turn 2 right into the path of Jarno Trulli’s Lotus.
Buemi was also one of the first-lap victims, tagging the back of Pedro de la Rosa’s Sauber and causing both to pit for repairs. Sébastien would later retire from the race.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]