Hot Rod or Hot Dog is our regular post-grand prix column where we review the driver performances for the race. As part of the process, one driver is declared as Badger’s “Top Dog” – and this week it’s…
Superstar DJ/F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari
Sometimes you wonder whether there’s any point in Toro Rosso. Their drivers can often fade into the background of a grand prix, rarely showing the ability they’ll need to join the main Red Bull squad when Mark Webber decides he’s had enough of this F1 lark.
Not today. Both drivers made it in to the points with Jaime Alguersuari seventh and Sebastien Buemi ninth. For a team of their size it was as good as a win.
The Spaniard in particular was impressive, running strongly throughout to find himself eighth late on. A last lap pass on the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg topped a stellar performance, one that equals his best finish in F1.
“The car had fantastic straight line speed which is how I managed to pass Nico on the final lap,” Jaime reported afterwards. “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.”
Honourable mentions must also go to Vettel – whose on another planet at the moment, a resurgent Lewis Hamilton and Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen. The Finn beat both Saubers across the line to end the race a mighty impressive 14th.
But Jaime’s drive was the pick of the bunch. Maybe it’s not quite enough to suggest that he could give Vettel a run for his money, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless. The double points haul brings them to within just three of the flagging Sauber squad, making seventh in the standings a very realistic aim. And for Jaime it means the Top Dog award for Korea. Nice work.