• Indian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Buemi hails 'amazing' Toro Rosso

ESPNF1 Staff
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Sebastien Buemi secured his third Q3 appearance of the season © Getty Images

Sebastien Buemi said that Toro Rosso getting both drivers in to the top ten in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix was "amazing".

Buemi starts ninth and team-mate Jaime Alguersuari tenth as Toro Rosso continued to show improved pace after its double-points finish in Korea. Buemi said that the impressive result was down to teamwork, but that it shouldn't get ahead of itself as the first race at a new circuit would be challenging.

"I am very happy for the team as they did a fantastic job and I congratulate them and thank them for it," Buemi said. "Having both cars in Q3 is amazing. Now, I hope we can have a good race tomorrow, because there are no points for what we did today. The first race at this circuit is bound to be an interesting experience. It was teamwork that delivered today's result, with everyone giving their maximum since we arrived here in India."

Alguersuari agreed with his team-mate and said the team must focus on securing points again in its battle for seventh place in the constructors' championship.

"I am very happy, especially for the team as we are both in good positions and Sebastien was really fast, right from yesterday, when I had some problems," Alguersuari said. "Today he drove a brilliant lap. We solved my problems overnight so that I could also be competitive today. Tomorrow, we have a good chance of doing well starting from these positions and it could be useful in terms of the championship as our main rivals, the Saubers, are starting behind us.

"Strategy will be important and if we do everything right then maybe we can bring home a big points score. The increase in performance at this point of the season is down to the great job the whole company has done in developing the car. I am hoping for a top eight finish tomorrow."