| SEPANG, Malaysia, April 4
SEPANG, Malaysia, April 4 Toro Rosso's Jaime
Alguersuari used the experience of battling with seven-times
world champion Michael Schumacher in Melbourne last week to
secure his first points at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 20-year-old marked his first Formula One race at the
Sepang circuit with ninth place and two points for his team,
their first of the season.
"I am very happy to have scored points today and I have to
say I have never expected to do it so early in the season,"
Alguersuari told reporters.
"It is very satisfying and I feel a lot more confident now
going into upcoming races."
The Spaniard became the youngest driver in Formula One last
year when he competed at the Hungarian Grand Prix aged 19 years
However, his entry was greeted with scepticism. Alguersuari
was accused of not having enough experience to be thrust into an
F1 car having completed only two straight line tests but having
earned his first points he has put those doubters firmly in
"Step by step I have improved my performance," he said.
"This weekend was very tough because I didnt know the track. I
enjoyed the race, especially the fights I had with some of the
"I think I learned a bit about the art of fighting with
Michael (Schumacher) last weekend in Melbourne."
That experience came in handy as the Spaniard, who started
the race at a dry Sepang circuit in 14th, fought with his team
mate Sebastien Buemi (11th) and the Williams duo of Rubens
Barrichello (12th) and Nico Huelkenberg (10th) to earn his
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said: "Well done to
Alguersuari for the first two points of his F1 career. Jaime
continues to improve each weekend. He got a good start and then
drove a fantastic race."
(Reporting by Patrick Johnston; Editing by John Mehaffey; To
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