A quirk of 2011-style Formula ne is that Jaime Alguersuari is hoping to qualify poorly for the German grand prix.
At the first five F1 races of the season, the Toro Rosso driver was always in Q2 and even Q3 but failed to go on to score a single point. But in Canada, Valencia and Silverstone, 21-year-old Spaniard consecutively failed to progress out of Q1 yet went on to score points on all three occasions.
“I wouldn’t mind not going into Q2 and qualifying eighteenth at the Nurburging,” he told Radio Nacional de Espana. “That way I keep a set of tyres.”
18th is the highest grid position possible without graduating into Q2 and having to use a further set of Pirelli tyres.
“I am sure about it because at first I did the opposite and it was very bad,” said Alguersuari. “I’d prefer not to qualify, have a good race car and finish in the points.”
Alguersuari, meanwhile, thinks Sebastian Vettel is right on course for the 2011 title.
“For me, the championship is decided already,” he said. “This year the Red Bulls don’t break down and, compared to us, are in a different galaxy.”