Toro Rosso take the fight to Sauber

By on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Photo credit: Red Bull GEPA

Toro Rosso pulled level on points with Sauber in the Constructors' Championship after Jaime Alguersuari finished eighth in the Indian Grand Prix.

Sauber remain ahead in the table, courtesy of a better race record, thanks to Kamui Kobayashi’s fifth place in the Monaco Grand Prix but with two races left and Toro Rosso having a good recent run of form, the battle for seventh – and the financial rewards it entails – are making for very interesting viewing. Toro Rosso had qualified in ninth and tenth.

Sébastien Buemi was forced to retire from the race with a suspected engine failure while running in the points, but Jaime Alguersuari kept going to finish eighth. Both Toros lost ground at the start, but managed to overcome their closest rivals out on the track. “I am very happy with the performance of the team overall as this race was another good one for us, with a pace that was as quick as the one we had shown in Korea,” said Alguersuari.

“I managed to pass [Bruno] Senna and then [Adrian] Sutil because of this. I was also ahead of the Saubers and I think this result reflects where we should be in the order. It is encouraging that we could out perform the Renaults. Once again the team did a great job in preparation work, in the sessions and in the pit stops and it looks like we are on the right road.”

“The four points we get today means we have caught up with Sauber, equal on points although they are officially ahead still in the Constructors’ classification,” added team principal Franz Tost. “It means we are also a bit closer to Force India. We must concentrate for the last two races, as the opportunity to do well and score more points is within our grasp. Finally, well done to the organisers of the first ever Indian Grand Prix, which was an interesting debut event and suggests that India has a real future on the Formula One map.”

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