Toro Rosso leave India level on point with Sauber in the constructors’ championship after Jaime Alguersuari used the strong pace of the STR6 around the new Buddh International Circuit to claim eighth place.
But the team were left wondering how many more points they could have scored after Sebastien Buemi retired from eighth place suffering a suspected engine failure.
“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 Senna and then 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. I am very happy to have scored four points which puts Toro Rosso on the same total as Sauber. I am looking forward very much to the next two races as I think that if we do a good job we can end the year ahead of them.
“It's a shame that Sebastien did not finish, both for him and for the team. But I am sure he will back in the points soon.”
Buemi was naturally very disappointed not to have finished the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, but was able to draw some positives from today.
“I am very disappointed with what happened this afternoon, because I was having a very good race, after an excellent qualifying yesterday,” said the Swiss driver. “When the car stopped, I had just passed Hamilton, I was lying eighth and I think we could have finished in the top eight. So when you go from that promising situation, to a non finish with no points, it's a bit difficult to take.
“However, if we look on the positive side, our pace all weekend has been good, confirming the step forward we showed in Korea. So now we have to work hard and keep going in this direction for the final two races when I hope to be back in the points again.”