Buemi carried large piece of debris in Valencia
30 June 2011 – Toro Rosso has praised Sébastien Buemi's drive in the European Grand Prix. The Swiss, who started 17th on the grid, failed to make as much progress as team-mate Jaime Alguersuari and was 13th at the finish, as opposed to the Spaniard’s eighth. However, his pace was hindered by a piece of debris picked up on-track.
“By introducing some significant updates in Valencia, we are probably out of phase with the majority of British teams who will no doubt be having a big push for the race at Silverstone,” explains team Technical Director Giorgio Ascanelli. “That had some influence on the fact that Jaime was able to finish so many places higher than he started on Sunday in Valencia.
“Sébastien’s performance was also good, if less apparent, because we have just discovered that he picked up a large piece of debris on his car which caused significant loss of downforce for half the race.
“Nevertheless, he still made up four places by the end of the race, running a three-stop strategy like the majority of cars, whereas Jaime’s result owed something to his two-stop strategy.”
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Toro Rosso shifting focus to 2012 car