Jaime Alguersuari had an eventful qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka. The Spaniard made it into Q2 for the first time in his career, but then caused the session to be stopped when he crashed his Toro Rosso at the Degner Curves
Afterwards the 19-year-old Spaniard recounted his experiences, and AUTOSPORT was there to hear what he had to say.
Q. How do you feel about your mixed qualifying session?
Jaime Alguersuari: I think I'm quite happy to be honest, I never expected to be in Q2 this year and unfortunately there is also the disappointment with the crash. I feel sorry for the team and the mechanics and hopefully it won't happen again. But it's experience for me.
Q. What exactly happened in the accident?
JA: I went too fast into Degner, I no longer had the softer tyre and I had to make the lap time in Q2 on the hard tyre. I went too fast into Turn 8 and I lost the car. Once I was on the grass with the slick tyre, it was too fast and I couldn't stop the car. At some point you have to stop and there was the barrier and I crashed...
Q. It looks a tricky corner...
JA: You need to brake a little bit and stay in sixth gear - it's a really fast corner, much faster than it looks. And when you take a bit of kerb the car gets very unstable. Perhaps they should change the kerbs for next year as this is not one of the best tracks for safety in the world. You carry a lot more corner speed in these cars than you did in 2006. With the slick tyres it's crazy how fast you can be mid-corner. And there is no run-off here, the wall is quite near to the track.
Q. You seemed to take a while to get out of the car?
JA: The marshals wouldn't let me go. They were asking if I was okay, or if anything was broken, but I was fine. So I just stayed there as they didn't let me out.
Q. Were you winded?
JA: My neck went forward, but actually I was quite surprised about how secure these cars are. It's crazy I thought that when I was going to crash it was going to be a much bigger hit than it was. The chassis is not damaged and we can race tomorrow, no problems.
Q. Do you think there is a problem with the Red Bull cars at this corner?
JA: Maybe it's related to the ride height as we are getting a lot of bottoming, but also McLaren went off there.
Q. Too low to the ground?
JA: Yeah, maybe.
Q. Is there a bump there?
JA: Yes there is a bump just before the corner, just on the brakes and you can destabilise the car a little bit there, but I don't think it's a big thing.
Q. Why do you think Toro Rosso is going so quick this weekend?
JA: We have a new floor, so we have more downforce and we are faster as a result. It's a shame for Sebastian and myself that we couldn't get any dry running here yesterday at the track. As for my experience it's better to get as much track familiarisation as possible. But I guess that is the same for everyone.
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