The Toro Rosso pairing of Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi will line up 14th and 20th on the grid for today’s Brazilian Grand Prix, with Alguersuari particularly pleased with his efforts at making Q2 and again out-qualifying Buemi for the fourth race in succession.
Buemi – fifteenth-quickest in Q2 – had certainly hoped for a better result after winding seventh-quickest in Saturday’s final practice session, held in similar conditions to that experience in qualifying. Furthermore, the Swiss driver is carrying a five-place grid penalty into today’s race stemming from his collision with Timo Glock at Korea, meaning he starts from the tenth row of the grid.
“I am very disappointed with the way this qualifying went, especially after I had been quick in the morning session,” he said after qualifying.
“Maybe we made the switch to Intermediates a bit too early in Q2 as the track was drying out. By the time the track had dried more, my tyres were no longer in the best condition, so I could not exploit the dry track.”
Toro Rosso – which has missed out on a points’ finish by a single place at each of the last two races – will hoping that Alguersuari can add to their points tally this weekend, starting from the seventh row of the grid.
“I am reasonably satisfied with this qualifying performance, as I think we got pretty close to the maximum we could get out of our package in difficult conditions,” the Barcelona rookie said after qualifying. “With wet qualifying, but the prospect of a dry race, we went with a setup that was halfway between the two, which will hopefully serve us well tomorrow.”
[Original image via LAT]