Toro Rosso technical director Giorgio Ascanelli has admitted that updates added to the STR5 have failed improve the team’s fortunes in Hungary.
Although the team had introduced a number of aerodynamic parts to its 2010-challenger, the changes failed to elevate its drivers up the order – with Sebastien Buemi only managing to qualify in fifteenth and Jaime Alguersuari in seventeenth.
Sebastien Buemi – 15th: “I would say the car worked well and the balance was quite good, even if I did not feel so comfortable in the car up until now. At least I finished in front of my team-mate, having been behind him most of the weekend, which is every driver’s first target. I think our main problem is still a lack of downforce and pace, especially in the twisty corners in the second sector. I think it will be a long and difficult race, in which the key will be to try and make up some places at the start, because after that moment, it gets very hard to overtake other cars. Last year, I was on the dirty side of the grid and made a very bad start, so I hope that being on the clean side will be a big improvement tomorrow.”
Jaime Alguersuari- 17th: “Not too bad today and for me at least, I was on the limit of what the car could do. We found a good set-up for Q1, but maybe I had a bit too much front wing in Q2 and the car was oversteering too much. My lap times were all similar and I think it was the best I could do today, even if I had expected a little bit more from the upgrades we had here. And just to make it clear, I was not held up by Schumacher.”
Giorgio Ascanelli: “Today’s performance was a little bit better than usual, as we genuinely got both cars into Q2. By this I mean that even if our two drivers have also been in Q2 in recent races, it has usually been because of the misfortune or mistakes of others. We have worked hard over the past months to produce the updates we have brought here, which have delivered something, but clearly it is still not enough.”