• Korean Grand Prix

Alguersuari praises Toro Rosso progress

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jaime Alguersuari equalled the best result of his season so far © Sutton Images

Jaime Alguersuari said that his strong seventh place in the Korean Grand Prix was down to Toro Rosso getting new updates to work on the car.

Toro Rosso introduced some upgrades in Japan, but Alguersuari could only finish in 15th place. He was much more competitive at Yeongam, however, catching the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and passing him on the final lap. Alguersuari said the result was because the team had improved between races, and that he'd already planned for a two stop strategy.

"The reality is that the Toro Rosso team has done a fantastic job, not just this weekend, but also going back to Suzuka, where we introduced some updates on the car. In Japan, we did not make the most of them but in the few days in between the races the team has done really well to move forward for here. In qualifying I did a good lap and then today, I was not concerned about tyre degradation and believed our two stop strategy was the right one and it worked perfectly for us.

Having been stuck about a second behind Rosberg for the majority of the final stint, Alguersuari admitted he didn't know if he'd be able to pass, but saved his KERS fow one final attempt.

"The car had fantastic straight line speed which is how I managed to pass Nico on the final lap. I struggled a bit in sector 2 compared to him which is why I saved all the KERS for after the first corner, in order to be close enough to activate the DRS. I ended up using all the KERS and DRS and it finally paid off right at the end. I must say I did not think I could do it, I did not expect it, but I gave it one last effort at the end I was able to get past, partly helped by the fact he made a small mistake on that lap.

"Combined with great pit stops, that is how we managed to produce this fantastic result. I am very happy for the team who have worked so hard, especially the mechanics fitting all these new parts. We are closer to Sauber now and with three races remaining, I think we have a chance of passing them, as long as we continue to perform like this, finishing in the top ten."