Formula 1 – Scuderia Toro Rosso German Grand Prix Qualifying Report

July 24, 2011

Formula 1

Sebastien Buemi (Getty Images)

Sebastien Buemi
(STR6-04)
FP3: Best lap 1.33.948, pos. 17th, 21 laps
Qualifying Best lap:
(Q1) 1.33.635
(Q2) 1.33.546
Pos. 16th
“Given how little track time I had yesterday, in general I am pleased with my performance this afternoon. I had the feeling I got the maximum out of the car, which we had decided to run in rain set-up to be ready for a wet race tomorrow. Jaime has decided to stay with a dry set-up so now we must wait and see which one of us has made the right choice.”

Jaime Alguersuari
(STR6-01)
FP3: Best lap 1.34.125, pos. 18th, 19 laps
Qualifying Best lap
(Q1) 1.33.658
(Q2) 1.33.698
Pos. 17th
“This is where we are at the moment in qualifying. Maybe if it rains tomorrow, then it will prove to have been a good idea to have used the extra set of tyres this afternoon. Perhaps I could have gone one or two tenths quicker, but no more than that. Nevertheless, I am pleased that we managed to make a step forward on the car after this morning’s session, improving it for qualifying and I believe I have a good set-up for the race too.”

Giorgio Ascanelli:
“We have ended up in the positions that generally reflect our current level, even allowing for the fact that neither driver got a perfect lap on their last run. Currently, we now seem to be closer to Sauber than to Force India that has made a step forward and Williams is also going better. This is not a circuit where I expect a big difference in pace between qualifying and the race for us, because it is a high downforce track and the low temperature means that it is less critical to save your tyres, which is something we seem to have been doing a bit better than others up until now. Therefore I don’t expect a big change in pace tomorrow. Clearly, looking at the cars it is obvious that Seb has gone for a wet set-up, assuming it could rain tomorrow, while Jaime has stayed with the dry. There’s not much difference between the two and in fact, this afternoon, Jaime’s mistake at Turn 2 was more influential on their respective lap times.”

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