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Alguersuari blames Buemi for Heidfeld damage

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi came together at the start of the Australian Grand Prix © Getty Images

The two Toro Rosso drivers have been blaming each other for incidents during the Australian Grand Prix.

Jaime Alguersuari was involved in a collision with Michael Schumacher which eventually forced the Mercedes driver to retire, and Renault's Nick Heidfeld has since said he had his race ruined after being hit by either Alguersuari or Sebastien Buemi, as he sustained some heavy sidepod damage on the first lap.

"I would definitely have scored some points," Heidfeld told Auto Motor und Sport. "But a Toro Rosso hit me in turns 10 and 11 and I lost 1.5 seconds every lap."

With Daniel Ricciardo having driven the STR6 on Friday morning in Melbourne, Alguersuari and Buemi know they are under pressure to retain their seats. And after Heidfeld's comments, Alguersuari pointed the finger at Buemi.

"I hit with Schumacher, but for Heidfeld I am not responsible," Alguersuari said. "I was right behind and saw exactly what happened. Seb [Buemi] was in corner ten fighting with the Renault and he hit him at corner 11."

The remarks come after Buemi had said he was annoyed with his team-mate for some first corner contact between the pair, claiming that it was Alguersuari who was at fault.

"It's not the first time it has happened, so I think we will be having a chat about it," Buemi said.