Sebastien Buemi says he is hopeful that Toro Rosso will be on the pace throughout the weekend at Interlagos after going close to setting the quickest time in practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The Swiss driver led the way for much of the second free practice session at Interlagos before being knocked off the top of the times in the dying minutes by Renault's Fernando Alonso.

Despite missing out on setting the pace for the first time in his F1 career, Buemi declared himself pleased with the way the afternoon had panned out and praised the Toro Rosso team for the work it had carried out following FP1 - when the rookie went off into the barriers and damaged the right rear of his car.

"I am happy that we seemed quite competitive in the afternoon, after the mechanics did a very good job to rebuild the car after my accident this morning," he said. "I came up fast behind Liuzzi, who was going slowly on the racing line and in trying to avoid him, I went over the kerb, lost control and spun.

"I think we showed good speed, even though this is my first time driving this circuit. Now we have a solid basis on which to improve tomorrow, after studying all the data. Today's session shows that our pace in Japan was not just a one-off. So, I am quite confident for the rest of the weekend."