• Indian Grand Prix

Alguersuari delighted with eighth

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jaime Alguersuari heads team-mate Sebastien Buemi © Getty Images

Jaime Alguersuari was delighted to continue his good run of recent form in India with an 8th place finish at the Buddh International Circuit.

The Toro Rosso driver came out on top of an intense midfield battle with Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez to finish 'best of the rest' behind the big four teams.

"I am very happy with the performance of the team overall as this race was another good one for us, with a pace that was as quick as the one we had shown in Korea," said Alguersuari. "I managed to pass Senna and then Sutil because of this. I was also ahead of the Saubers and I think this result reflects where we should be in the order. It is encouraging that we could outperform the Renaults."

Alguersuari's points haul puts Toro Rosso level with Sauber and he is confident that they will soon be ahead.

"Once again the team did a great job in preparation work, in the sessions and in the pit stops and it looks like we are on the right road. I am very happy to have scored four points which puts Toro Rosso on the same total as Sauber. I am looking forward very much to the next two races as I think that if we do a good job we can end the year ahead of them. It's a shame that Sebastien did not finish, both for him and for the team. But I am sure he will back in the points soon."

It could easily have been a strong double points finish for the team but for Sebastien Buemi's retirement while lying eighth.

"I am very disappointed with what happened this afternoon, because I was having a very good race, after an excellent qualifying yesterday," added Buemi. "When the car stopped, I had just passed Hamilton, I was lying eighth and I think we could have finished in the top eight. So when you go from that promising situation, to a non finish with no points, it's a bit difficult to take.

"However, if we look on the positive side, our pace all weekend has been good, confirming the step forward we showed in Korea. So now we have to work hard and keep going in this direction for the final two races when I hope to be back in the points again."