Toro Rosso were left counting the cost of their race weekend after both drivers failed to take the chequered flag for the second Grand Prix in succession.
Sebastien Buemi was the first to retire after only 11 laps with a clutch problem. Despite reliability issues in the past two races he's looking forward to Brazil where he feels he and the team can have a good race.
“I had a problem with the clutch, right from the start of the parade lap, when I couldn't get off the grid,” he said. We tried to fix the problem by adjusting the clutch map, but again for the real start, it didn't work. Then, after a few laps the clutch failed and I had to retire in the pits. A real shame as the weekend had seemed promising right from Friday in the wet. In qualifying the car was quick enough to get me into Q3 before the accident, so maybe I could have scored points today. Now we have to prepare for Brazil where the top teams might not bring so many developments to their car. So I hope we can end the season with two good races.”
Buemi's retirement was tame in comparison to Jaime Alguersuari's. The young Spaniard lost control of his car at 130R and smashed into the tyre barrier, leaving debris scattered across the track and forcing the safety car to come out.
“My accident came on the lap after my second pit stop, when I fitted the soft tyres,” he explained. “At turn 15, which you take flat, I lost the rear end of the car and crashed into the wall, but I'm not sure why, as it was inexplicable and I would like to see the data, in case there might have been something wrong with the pressure of the rear tyres or a puncture. I was pushing every lap and running consistently, in terms of my lap times being almost always within the same tenth.”
Team Principal Franz Tost was able to take a light hearted view of the teams costly Grand Prix weekend and believes that the team will be competing for points in Brazil in two weeks time.
“Having come to Japan for many years, I know this is a very expensive country and that was certainly the case for us this weekend,” he said. “Unfortunately, Sebastien had a clutch problem which meant he could not get off the line at the start and later, caused his retirement. Jaime drove a good race up to the point of his accident. After the second stop, on new Options at the 130R, the fastest corner of the track, which meant it was a very big accident, the cause of which, we will now investigate. Fortunately, he is uninjured, which is the most important thing. The car is a different story, but in Brazil, I expect we will have a competitive package.”