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Alguersuari praise his team: he finished seventh

Both Toro Rosso car finished well in the points. Buemi in ninth after a good race on his own. The team is closing the gap on Sauber.
Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16, 2011 (F1plus Team).- Jaime Alguersuari had a superb Korean race and finished with a more than excellent seventh place, for whish he praised his team effort.

The Spaniard finished this afternoon’s Korean Grand Prix in seventh, two places ahead of Swiss teammate Sébastien Buemi.

Alguersuari says his Toro Rosso squad ‘has done a fantastic job’ over the past few races, with the team introducing a variety of upgrades to its STR6 in a bid to close in on rivals Sauber, which in contrast had an awful weekend themselves.

Now the distance in points on the constructor’s table is only of three points favoring Sauber (7th overall). With Three races to go, anything can happen.

"The reality is that the Toro Rosso team has done a fantastic job, not just this weekend, but also going back to Suzuka, where we introduced some updates on the car," explained Alguersuari. "In Japan, we did not make the most of them but in the few days in between the races the team has done really well to move forward for here.

"The car had fantastic straight line speed which is how I managed to pass Nico on the final lap. I struggled a bit in Sector 2 compared to him which is why I saved all the KERS for after the first corner, in order to be close enough to activate the DRS. I ended up using all the KERS and DRS and it finally paid off right at the end.

"I must say I did not think I could do it, I did not expect it, but I gave it one last effort at the end I was able to get past, partly helped by the fact he made a small mistake on that lap. Combined with great pit stops, that is how we managed to produce this fantastic result.

"I am very happy for the team who have worked so hard, especially the mechanics fitting all these new parts. We are closer to Sauber now and with three races remaining, I think we have a chance of passing them, as long as we continue to perform like this, finishing in the top ten."

Jaime Alguersuari during the race.

Jaime Alguersuari during the race.

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