Buemi brings home single point for STR

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Japan, Circuit Suzukajp

On an extremely long day of track action, including qualifying and race on a single day, Sebastian Buemi has secured 10th place in today's Japanese GP for Toro Rosso. Jaime Alguersuari finished closely behind his teammate in 11th place.

Sebastien Buemi, STR5-02, Pos. 10th:
“It was a good race for us and I am happy to have got a point. However, it was a bit frustrating as, towards the end, I was catching Barrichello by around one second per lap and maybe if I had switched to the Option tyre earlier I would have been more competitive and got closer to him and maybe got past. The problem I had in qualifying with the floor of my car did not help, as it was the first time I have failed to get into Q2.”

Jaime Alguersuari, STR5-01, Pos. 11th:
“We knew it would be a tough weekend for us here and it was, although I had hoped to qualify better than I did. In the race, I pushed as hard as I could. In the later part, Kobayashi was much faster than me, but that is not a reason to let him past, so I fought as hard as I could and we touched and I had to pit for a new nose. I hope my team principal is happy that I was very determined. I am happy for the team that Buemi got a point.”

Franz Tost:
“I am pleased that Sebastien picked up a point today, because he has had a run of bad luck in the last few races and he deserved this point for tenth place. He posted some very good lap times and was surprisingly fast at times. We benefited from an element of luck as some of our direct rivals ended up in the gravel trap. Jaime also did a good job, producing competitive lap times throughout the race. Unfortunately, in the closing stages he was involved in a collision with Kobayashi which meant he had to come in to change the nose. One point might not be much, but it’s better than nothing! So, with this morale boost for the team who did a good job, let’s see what we can do when we discover Korea for the first time.”