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Toro Rosso Duo Reflect on Poor Race in Spain

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The Toro Rosso drivers sounded resigned to their lowly finishing positions after the Spanish Grand Prix, acknowledging that their rivals were quicker than them on race day.

Sebastien Buemi finished fourteenth. He bemoaned his tyre strategy and the pace of their rivals. “I made a really good start, passing Massa, Button and Maldonaldo, but unfortunately, Button and Massa got by me again as they were quicker,” said the Swiss driver.

“I managed to run at a good pace, but I think we were a bit unlucky to lose a lot of time when I got lapped. Also our strategy was not quite perfect and on top of that, we were generally a little bit too slow and Force India and Sauber beat us fair and square.”

Jaime Alguersuari finished down in sixteenth, also complaining about the life of his tyres. “In general, this was not a good race for us,” he said. “I did the maximum I could, pushing lap after lap, while trying to look after my tyres. After around 12 laps my tyres were gone, which is why I ended up doing a four stop race.

“Overall, in terms of my lap times, maybe this race was very slightly more positive than the last one in Turkey. We really need to deal with the tyre degradation and there is a lot of work still to do, if we are to be competitive and fighting for points.”

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