Japanese GP: Toro Rosso qualifying report

It was 10 o'clock on the 10th of the 10th of '10... and an hour later Jaime and Seb were 16th and 18th Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-01) Pos. 16th "From Friday practice we knew we were not so competitive in the dry, so today I ran with a different...

It was 10 o'clock on the 10th of the 10th of '10... and an hour later Jaime and Seb were 16th and 18th

Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-01) Pos. 16th

"From Friday practice we knew we were not so competitive in the dry, so today I ran with a different mechanical balance on the car and we think it went a bit better. In the end, I struggled a bit although I thought we might be able to beat Force India. But I made a mistake at the last corner on the Option tyres. In Q1, Schumacher really closed the door on me, but at least by then I was already through to Q2."

Sebastien Buemi (STR5-02) Pos. 18th

"It was a difficult session and I lost a lot of time behind a Hispania in the first sector, so this is the first time this season that I have not got further than Q1. In fact the grip level was quite good considering how much rain fell yesterday."

Giorgio Ascanelli: "We ran the two cars with significantly different set-ups, as we were not happy with where we were on Friday. We needed to have a comparison and Sebastien opted to stick with what he had in free practice, while with Jaime we took a gamble and it paid off. Unfortunately, he lost half a second at the chicane on his last lap. Sebastien's session was further complicated by the fact that the floor of his car was damaged because of a production problem. Squeezing qualifying and the race into the same day has had little impact on our preparations and our strategy numbers have been extrapolated based on what we have seen on Friday."

-source: toro rosso

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sébastien Buemi , Jaime Alguersuari
Teams Force India , Toro Rosso