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Abu Dhabi GP: Toro Rosso qualifying report

21 TODAY?... Sebastien is 10 today in qualifying and it's his 21st birthday Sebastien Buemi (STR4-03) "I was hoping for a little bit better after finishing seventh in Q2, but I am happy with our fuel load which should allow us to be...

21 TODAY?...

Sebastien is 10 today in qualifying and it's his 21st birthday

Sebastien Buemi (STR4-03)

"I was hoping for a little bit better after finishing seventh in Q2, but I am happy with our fuel load which should allow us to be flexible in terms of race strategy. The car feels very competitive, as indeed it has been for the past few races and scoring points is a realistic target for tomorrow. The visibility is no problem so that should be fine for the race and the track is getting faster every time we go out on it." Third Practice Session: Best lap 1.40.934, pos.4th, 22 laps Qualifying Session: Best lap 1.42.713, pos.100h

Jaime Alguersuari (STR4-01)

"Taking into account that I was unable to do any laps this morning, because of a problem with the car, I think my performance in qualifying was quite positive, especially as I was not completely happy with the aerodynamic balance of the car. I was not expecting to make it to Q2 after not running in FP3 on a track that is new to everyone. Looking back at my season, I think that getting into Q2 again shows I am making progress, but I still have a lot to learn. I hope I can have a nice race to end the season tomorrow." Third Practice Session: No Time, pos.20th, no laps Qualifying Session: Best lap 1.41.689, pos.15th

Laurent Mekies (Chief Engineer): "A session with mixed fortunes: firstly Sebastien made it through to Q3 for the third time in a row and this is pretty much his level now, being a regular Q3 contender, which is a positive aspect. Managing the session was more difficult than usual, as both tyre compounds were very close in terms of performance, needing a longer run to get the best out of them. We did not help Jaime much today, as he did not take part in FP3 because of a problem on the car and then in the afternoon, we had a few glitches on his car. Therefore, overall, I think he did the best he could today and we hope that tomorrow we can be competitive again and bring home some points."

-credit: toro rosso

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