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Toro Rosso fail to score in Hungary

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Toro Rosso left the Hungaroring without scoring any points after Sebastien Buemi struggled to overtake and Jaime Alguersuari exited proceeding in a billowing smoke.

Buemi had complaints about the aggressiveness of Michael Schumacher – he and Rubens Barrichello could form some sort of support group – but thinks that ultimately he was not quick enough to score any points.

“My start was not great, but not too bad,” said the Swiss driver. “On the way down to the first corner Michael (Schumacher) pushed me over to the left side and I had to go on the brakes, or I would have gone off the track and I don't think it was very fair on his part. Then I had to try and fight back as I was behind a Lotus, although I was able to overtake Trulli quite easily.

“After the Safety Car period, I found myself behind Michael. I should have passed him when he came out of the pits on the Prime tyre, but I was not quick enough and I was unable to get ahead of him, spending most of the race in that position. Maybe if I had managed that, the point for tenth might have been within our reach. Then, towards the end of the race, I had some tyre degradation so I could no longer keep up with him.

“It was always going to be difficult to score points, but all the same finishing twelfth is rather disappointing.”

Jaime Alguersuari had a very short race, completing just one of the 70 laps. “A very short race for me and I am not sure what the problem was, as I saw no alarms on my dash,” explained the Spaniard, who was returning to the track where he made his F1 debut. “I felt that I was beginning to lose torque and power and the pit wall told me to stop the car at the side of the track.

“I saw a lot of smoke and I realised I was losing some fluid, so I tried to stay off the racing line so as not to cause problems for the others. It was not the best way to celebrate the first anniversary of my Formula 1 debut.”

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