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Alguersuari happy to score first points

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Jaime Alguersuari netted his first points in Formula One © Sutton Images
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Jaime Alguersuari said that securing his first points finish in Formula One had given him confidence for the future.

Alguersuari produced some good overtaking moves before piloting his Toro Rosso to ninth, one place ahead of Nico Hukenberg's Williams.

"I am very happy to have scored points today and I have to say I never expected to do it so early in the season," said Alguersuari. " A big thanks to everyone in the team who have worked so hard to achieve this result. Step by step, I have improved my performance, but this weekend was very tough because I didn't know the track."

"I enjoyed this race, especially the fights I had with some of the others: I think I learned a bit about the art of fighting with Michael (Schumacher) last weekend in Melbourne. Towards the end, I was a bit worried about how the tyres would last, as I was on the soft ones, but I had no degradation. It is very satisfying and I feel a lot more confident now going into the upcoming races."

Although Sebastien Buemi finished just out of the points in 11th, team principal Franz Tost was delighted with the weekend's showing.

"A very good weekend for Red Bull, with three out of four cars in the points," added Tost. "Well done to Red Bull Racing for this well deserved one-two finish. We are very pleased to have scored our first points of the season and well done to Alguersuari for the first two points of his F1 career.

"Jaime continues to improve each weekend. He got a good start and then drove a fantastic race, not only defending his position but also carrying off some daring overtaking moves. Then for the last third of the race, he controlled the situation, looking after his tyres and the engine to complete an excellent race performance.

"We are looking forward to China with optimism, because not only do the drivers continue to improve, but the team also worked very well, so I hope we can pick up some more points in Shanghai."

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