Toro Rosso had both cars in the points at the Canadian Grand Prix and they leave Montreal in seventh place in the Constructors’ Championship.
Jaime Alguersuari collected his first points of the season by finishing eighth, and Sebastien Buemi took tenth place to score another point for the team.
“I am very happy because to finish eighth having started last from the pit lane is a really good result for us,” said Algersuari. “I am also very pleased that I have scored my first points of the season, even if I know there is still room for improvement on my side and in terms of how we set up the car to suit me, especially in qualifying.
“Today, the team did a good job and we also made the most of every opportunity that came our way, some of them down to the bad luck of other teams. We ran a perfect strategy in terms of when we decided to stop to change tyres. This result will give everyone a lot of motivation to keep working hard.
“It gives us wings as we head for my second home race in Valencia! And the spectators deserve a mention for sitting in the cold and wet for so long, but I think they saw a good motor race.”
Buemi was disappointed not to be higher in the standings, and was ruing parts of the tyre strategy he used throughout the rain-effected race.
“Of course, I am pleased to have scored a point as that is always important,” he said. “However, I am a bit disappointed because I think I could have done better myself and I'm not sure if changing to the slicks so early worked for me. But, looking at the overall result, including Jaime's eighth place, I am very happy for the team, who did such a good job.
“It seems something unusual always happens at this race and today's turned out to be a bit longer than expected, but stopping the race was the only correct decision because the cars were aquaplaning and visibility was very bad. I am sure the whole afternoon was very spectacular for the spectators! Now we must continue to work hard to be in good shape for Valencia.”
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost congratulated both his drivers on their placings and praised the whole team for coping with the extreme weather conditions in Montreal:
“I am very happy for Jaime that he finished eighth, getting his first points of the season,” said Tost. “It will be good for his self-confidence as he has been struggling slightly in recent races and we can expect better things from him now, in Valencia and the following races.
“Sebastien also did a good job, coming home tenth. Our strategy worked well, gambling to come in early to change to slicks, which proved to be the correct decision and paid off. In fact, the whole team deserves praise today, as it was not easy managing the situation over such a long time with the break in the middle of the race, but they did an excellent job.
“We can now look forward to Valencia, where we should have some new parts on the car aimed at improving our performance.”