Jaime Alguersuari, who made his Formula One debut this weekend, was forced to retire during the Hungarian qualifying session. The youngster suffered a problem, caused by the introduction of a new hydraulic system. Despite this, Giorgio Ascanelli has nothing but good words for the newcomer. Team mate Sebastian Buemi just missed out on the top 10 and will start tomorrow's race from 11th position.
“Finishing eleventh, one tenth off P10 shows we have made progress, a very big step forward since the last race. It was a good qualifying for us, even if it is frustrating to finish eleventh because you want Q3. But it means we can run whatever fuel load we want for the race and I think we will be in good shape for tomorrow.”
Third Practice Session: Best lap 1.21.800, pos. 5th,23 laps
Qualifying Session: Best lap 1.21.002, pos. 11th
“Finishing qualifying with a failure is never good – I had a problem with the throttle control system - but we have to be content because I didn’t make any mistakes so far this weekend. On my first two sets of tyres I did a good job. As for the race, I am really looking forward to it and I will be happy if I finish.”
Third Practice Session: Best lap 1.22.391, pos. 18th, 20 laps
Qualifying Session: Best lap 1.22.359, pos. 20th
Giorgio Ascanelli: “First of all, the thoughts of everyone at Toro Rosso are with Felipe Massa at this time. As for our performance, obviously, the development that was introduced by Red Bull Racing at the British Grand Prix, has partly been used on our cars here for the first time. It is not yet the complete package and it has proved very effective, as can be seen by Sebastien’s performance. I have to congratulate Jaime on a good job without doing anything silly. His stop was due to a problem caused by the introduction of the new hydraulic system, required to run the new modifications. We still have a long way to go with this car, but I think we can have a good race. Eleventh on the grid better than tenth? If it’s a choice between an egg today or a chicken tomorrow, I would always take the egg!