Date: 26th March 2010 at 6:30 pm
Written by: TheBenShepherd | Comments (0)

Following a less than inspiring first outing in Bahrain, the Toro Rosso team are optimistic going into the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park.

A ‘must do better’ philosophy has been adopted since the season opener, and on today’s performance, it appears that it’s been taken on board.

Sebastian Buemi guided his STR5 to sixth quickest in the rain, whilst teammate Jaime Alguersuari, celebrating his twentieth F1 GP, languished much lower down the standings.

Three world champions made up the five drivers ahead of the young Swiss driver, encouraging signs for everybody involved, especially, Buemi himself:

“I was quite happy with the way things went, even if the weather was not so good. Unlike Bahrain, I managed to complete all the sessions which is positive. Now we have to analyse the data from FP2 as it should give us a good picture of tyre behaviour in all conditions – wet, dry, high and low fuel – working mainly in race trim. We are quite confident that we can be well prepared for qualifying and the race.”

What Buemi needs to do now, is take that momentum into tomorrow’s qualifying session. In Bahrain, he reached Q2, but with a showing like today’s Q3 must be the ultimate goal.

A Grand Prix winning car is not created overnight, it’s a gradual process for most teams, and therefore, progress is much more likely in baby steps, than giant leaps.

At the other side of the garage, Alguersuari will need to show considerable improvement in Saturday’s qualifying session, after the Bahrain horror show which saw him become the only returning car to go out in Q1.

The race however was a different story, with Alguersuari coming out on top, but for now, the pre-season gallop into the points could become a crawl, as consolidating a position in the midfield is the main priority.

Although, based on today’s practice, it does appear that Toro Rosso have the pace, and will be encouraged by completing all three sessions, so a top twelve place is not out of the question.

Albert Park doesn’t rely on brute power, instead the technical ability of the drivers is tested through the twisting circuit, and this could benefit the talented young duo.

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0 thoughts on “Optimism On The Up Down Under

  • TheBenShepherd
    12 years ago

    Obviously, because I’m an idiot, I meant to put that they’re aiming for Q3, not Q1…unless they’re setting their goals fairly low.


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