During the last weekend's Australian Grand Prix, the STR teenager managed to drive some 34 laps ahead of Michael Schumacher until being passed for 10th place with only 5 laps to go, but that's something that's unlikely to happen in Sepang.
“At the permanent circuits, especially the wide, safe and predictable Tilke ones, right now we are not able to score,” said Alguersuari, as quoted by Spanish agency Europa Press, while adding that “I am convinced that we are close and soon we will have aerodynamic improvements that will help us make a good step.”
A former touring car racer, Olpe-born Hermann Tilke designed a bunch of Formula One circuits in recent years, being practically the preferred circuit designer of the FIA through the last decade. Some of his most recent works include the F1 circuits in Bahrain, Malaysia, China, Turkey, Singapore, Valencia, Yas Marina (Abu Dhabi) and, this year, Korea.
From all the aforementioned tracks, Sepang International Circuit – host of this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix – was his first to debut in Formula One, back in 1999.
As far as Alguersuari goes, the Spaniard is yet to score a point in the series, his 11th place in Australian being the closest he got to making the scoreboard.