Toro Rosso confirm Alguersuari for 2010
22 January, 2010
Jan.22 (YF1) Young Spaniard driver Jaime Alguersuari has finally been confirmed as Toro Rosso driver for 2010. A statement on the team’s website said: “The team is pleased to confirm Jaime Alguersuari will drive for us this season.
It was an anxious wait for last year’s youngest rookie who was borught in mid-season to take over from Sebastien Bourdais who was dismissed. Team principal, Franz Tost said: “Considering that he made his debut only halfway through 2009, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with no prior testing, he did a good job, making steady progress throughout the second half of the year, with a mature approach considering he is still only 19 years old.”
Tost acknowledges that the going will still be tough on the young Spaniard. He said, “This season, he will again face a steep learning curve, as all the circuits in the first part of the season will be new to him. Jaime’s appointment also confirms our commitment to bringing on graduates of the Red Bull Junior Team young driver programme.”
A number of drivers were being linked to the Toro Rosso seat including Christian Klie, Bruno Senna, Nick Heidfeld and Mirko Bortolotti.
The Toro Rosso decision means the team retains the same driver line-up as the end of 2009 with Alguersuari again be partnered by Sébastien Buemi.
Alguersuari said, “. I was asked to debut in F1 right after turning 19 … I did not hesitate. Today they Red Bull asked me to dispute the F1 World Championship in 2010 and is the best news I have received in my life. Now I am ready: physically, mentally and emotionally. Now I have a few more km. in F1 and the race in Bahrain will be very different from Hungary. My message to the fans, my friends, my family and of course to my bosses at Red Bull is this: The best Jaime will come this year”.
Jaime Alguersuari quick facts
• Jaime has been for two months under a constant physical, technical and psychological training.
• His confirmation for 2010 endorses the confidence of Red Bull in his future.
• In Bahrain, a new record: Jaime will be the youngest driver in the F1 history as he will start his second season in the FIA F1 World Championship still with 19 years.
• Jaime will arrive in Bahrain with the same age as in his debut in Hungary 2009 (July) but with a very different background: 8 GPs disputed and 8000 Km.
• Yesterday (21 January) Jaime had his Toro Rosso’s seat done at the team headquarters in Faenza (Italy).
• As a Red Bull sponsores driver, he has been invited to attend the World Ski Cup in Austria.
• Next week he will be working with the F1 simulator at the headquarters of Red Bull F1 in Milton Keynes (England)
Where has Jaime been in the last two months?
He has been experiencing an accelerated master’s in F1 life, inside and outside the circuits. During these months, Jaime has been under an intense physical, nutritional, technical and mental training. Throughout this time, and periodically, the trainer of the Scuderia, Rainiero Gianotti, has been programming several stages to assess Jaime’s athletic and emotional preparation.
The confirmation of Scuderia Toro Rosso does not merely endorse the confidence of Red Bull and Toro Rosso on Jaime, but confirms as well that his levels at age 19 are those of a professional triathlete.
On February 1st, Jaime Alguersuari, along with Sebastien Buemi, will start the great adventure of making the Scuderia Toro Rosso one of the 5 best teams in the FIA F1 World Championship in 2010.
In Bahrain, on March 14th, Jaime will start his second season in the F1 world. It is the first time he repeats a category in 3 years. In 2008 he debuted in the British F3 International Series, and he won. In 2009 he debuted in Formula Renault 3.5 Series, combining the full season with another debut: the F1. In 2010 he will start his second season in the F1 World Championship, but from a very different background than on July 2009, his historic debut in F1: 8 Grand Prix starts and 8000 km between races and test.
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