Toro Rosso technical director, Giorgio Ascanelli, has admitted that his team got what they deserved after struggling in qualifying.
Both Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari will line up on the back row of the grid, with the former serving a penalty for a changed gearbox.
Despite being heavily compromised by Lewis Hamilton on one of his qualifying runs, Buemi was realistic in his post-qualifying statement – claiming that the Italian team could not have improved anyway.
Sebastien Buemi – 19th: “I did the best I could, but the session did not go well for me. I was held up by Hamilton, who did not know I was there. Another lap for me might have made a bit of a difference, but not much. As for Glock saying I held him up, I don’t think I did, as I was just trying to rebuild a gap after being slowed by Hamilton. They say it might rain tomorrow, so now we need to work out the best strategy for whatever conditions we might encounter in the race.”
Jaime Alguersuari – 20th: “I was not expecting much from this session, after problems in the morning with my gearbox meant I only did ten laps in free practice. Because of that, I did not have the time to try much in terms of setting up the car. Therefore, we carried over some unknown factors into qualifying and I have to say, I am still getting used to driving the car in this low downforce configuration. I hope I can still have a good race tomorrow and to be honest, I hope it rains.”
Giorgio Ascanelli – technical director: “Today, we ended up where we deserved to be.”