It would seem that the healthy team-mate bond may have faltered rather badly between Toro Rosso team-mates Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi, after the two came into contact on the opening lap of the Australian Grand Prix.
With both under seemingly intense pressure to perform with reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo enjoying practice outings in the Ferrari-powered STR6 on several Grand Prix weekends, Alguersuari had earlier likened his battle for supremacy within the team as a “war” with his Swiss team-mate.
But things didn’t get much better at Melbourne, when Buemi was angry after Alguersuari collided with him at the start of the race, while the Spaniard also confirmed that Buemi had been responsible for an unseen collision with Nick Heidfeld’s Renault.
The correspondent for the Swiss Blick newspaper reported that the pair travelled “[in] silence for over twelve hours” on their flight from Frankfurt to Kuala Lumpur for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rather more worryingly, Buemi confirmed that the pair had spoken after their coming-together at Australia, but that it hadn’t quite achieved the desired outcome either had hoped for.
“”We spoke after his foul in Melbourne [and] we both had a different opinion,” Buemi is quoted as saying. “I hope he does the right thing now and respects me, [and] I don’t want to say any more about it.”
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