Toro Rosso’s race ruined from within at Hockenheim

Toro Rosso leave Germany without any points after their two drivers collided on the opening lap. Sebastien Buemi was forced to retire as a result, and Jaime Alguersuari finished the race down in fifteenth.

“Regarding the incident with Sebastien, I was on the inside going into Turn 6 and I braked well leaving enough space, but there seemed to be some problems in front of me, as the cars ahead all slowed much more than is normal,” said Alguersuari. “I braked again, but it was not enough and I drove into him. Naturally, I am sorry for that.

“I had to pit for a new nose and we switched to the soft tyres at that point, having started on the hards. In terms of performance, the car was quite fast and I was able to do some good lap times.

“I am looking forward to doing better in Hungary, a circuit where at least I have already driven a Formula 1 car last year.”

Buemi had little to say after the incident, but is clear about where the blame lies: “I made a really good start and was able to pass three or four cars and then when we came to the hairpin, I was braking in the middle of the corner and my team-mate came from a long way back and ended up driving onto the top of my car.

“The damage was too bad for me to continue, which is a real shame after I had got such a quick start.”