Sainz's afternoon came to an end shortly after running off circuit on the opening lap, in what was his final grand prix for the team before hooking up with Renault for the final four races and beyond into next season.
Knowing he had a twenty-place grid penalty coming into the session, Carlos Sainz Jr. used the qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix as an extended test session, which ended with the slowest time in the second segment. However, everything has been possible because Renault has managed to save economic differences that prevented him from reaching an agreement to finalize Palmer himself, in diamond team three seasons-one of m as third pilot.
"When I'm heading back on the plane maybe it will sink in that I'm not driving for Renault again and maybe not in Formula 1 again".
"I wish the team all the best for the future".
Frenchman Pierre Gasly steps up to a full-time drive for the rest of the season with Toro Rosso.
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Renault chief Abiteboul said that bringing in Sainz four races early would assist the team in getting a "jump start" on its 2018 preparations.
"First of all I would like to thank Toro Rosso and Red Bull for allowing me the possibility of finishing this season with Renault Sport Racing", Sainz said. This would also seem to confirm Gasly for the remainder of the 2017 season with Toro Rosso.
"I've been with them for three years and it's a shame not to be going to Austin with them".
"He always did his very best, demonstrating an excellent attitude and commitment to his work, which helped him and us to get some great results during that time", said Tost.
"They did an awesome job and congratulations for that, it shows the commitment they have, and I really appreciate it".
"Toro Rosso is made up of a fantastic group of people and I wish them only the best for the future".