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GP Week : Issue 66
F1 JAPAN >> IT was a moment that summed up all that is wrong with modern day Formula 1; the governing body thrown into chaos and confusion by not being able to gure out how to implement its own regulations. First, Force India announced before qualifying that Tonio Liuzzi would have a gearbox change. In qualifying itself, it was Q2 that cause the confusion. First, Jaime Alguersuari crashed, again at Degner, and brought out the red flags. Then Timo Glock crashed, bringing out the red flags again. Then, at the end of the session, his team-mate Sebastien Buemi crashed on the exit of the Spoon curve littering the track with debris. He held up his rivals on his return to the pits, and Alonso, Sutil, Button and Barrichello failed to slow through the yellow flags caused by his crash. Then Heikki Kovalainen crashed in Q3 and had a gearbox change after the session. With Liuzzi, Alonso, Sutil, Button, Barrichello, Buemi and Kovalainen all handed five-place grid penalties, there was chaos and confusion. The FIA didn't know what to do. Neither did their stewards. A grid, it was decided, would not be printed until Sunday. Many journalists attempted to work out the running order. We all got it wrong. And it all had to do with the order in which the penalties were applied, which was still a touch unclear by the time the race had started. For example, while Barrichello ended up losing only one position, Alonso and Sutil both lost four. So although Sutil had originally outqualified Barrichello and they had both been handed five- place penalties, Barrichello started ahead of the German. Confused? Us too. Change is needed, because if the people who work in this sport don't understand the rules, how on earth will the sport's fans? fying chaos causes confusion SCUDERIA Toro Rosso and its driver Jaime Alguersuari are at a loss to explain the reason for the Spaniard's race- ending crash at the Japanese Grand Prix. Alguesuari, who had just taken his second pit-stop, lost control of his car through 130R, the fastest corner on the Suzuka circuit which is taken at around 310kph, on lap 45 of the Japanese Grand Prix. The car appeared to skew sharp left just after the apex of the corner, slamming the Spaniard into the tyre barriers on the inside of the turn. The accident was large enough to bring out the Safety Car, and although Alguersuari was uninjured in the crash, the team is keen to find out what happened. "Jaime drove a good race up to the point of his accident," said a statement. "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." Alguersuari could not understand the problem either, but still apologised to his team. "My accident came on the lap after my second pit stop, when I fitted the soft tyres. 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 am really, really sorry for what happened. I was pushing every lap and running consistently, in terms of my lap times being almost always within the same tenth. Hopefully, we can have a better race in Brazil." Toro Rosso to investigate Alguersuari crash 27