Alguersuari: Formula 1 has become an auction

17 February, 2013

Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari vented his frustration at failing to secure a Formula 1 race seat for yet another years by claiming that the sport had become an auction for race seats, favouring money over talent.

Jaime Alguersuar

Jaime Alguersuari in action during the 2011 Japanese GP

The 22-year-old Spaniard, who is now Pirelli F1 test driver, has been trying to find a way back onto the starting grid since he and Swiss team mate Sebastien Buemi were dropped by Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso at the end of the 2011 season.

He had sounded confident about his chances but those hopes have been dashed with lower-ranking teams favouring drivers who can bring sponsorship with them to help shore up strained budgets.

The only remaining vacancy is at Force India, with whom Alguersuari had been linked, whose decision now looks like a choice between their former driver Adrian Sutil and young Frenchman Jules Bianchi.

“I never imagined that after Red Bull’s incomprehensible decision not to count on me in 2012… I would have to fight so much outside the track,” Alguersuari said in a statement issued by his management.

“I have been convinced most of the 2012 season that my seat was secured in a team that usually scores,” he added. “They did tell me and I believed it to be true.

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso at a team photograph.

Jaime Alguersuari in 2011 his last season in F1 to date

Alguersuari said he had hoped that “the value of my sporting career, and the verbal commitments received, would materialize with my return to F1 in 2013. This has not happened.

“Those who committed themselves with me have given me reasons that I must accept but that I do not share. F1 has become an auction.”

The Spaniard said he would continue working with Pirelli and had not given up hope of returning to grand prix racing despite the difficulty of securing backing in debt-stricken Spain.

“Although Spain’s economy is in the worst shape in our modern history, and except for Banco Santander no other company considers Formula One as a profitable and sustainable business, I know how old I am, I know my track record and I’m convinced that I deserve a winning car in F1,” he said.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso will be the sole Spaniard on the starting grid this season at Santander-backed Ferrari. The country’s sole F1 team, HRT, folded after the end of last season. (Reuters)

 


  • Junior Johnson

    Not a good time to be spanglish!

  • MB

    I believe it is all because of the banning of practices. Drivers’ seats are limited between 20 and 24 and GP2 pumps 2 to 4 drivers every year in F1. Without practices, top teams favor drivers with experience over young drivers. Small teams on the other hand prefer low cost drivers but they kill their talents and motivations by putting them in losing cars.

  • The Pessimist

    Once a great sport now a junkyard because of bloody Bernie’s lust for power,money and more money.

  • Butterfly

    Well, the top teams are doing okay, both in terms of revenue and skilled drivers. The auction Jaine is talking about refers to the midfield teams and lower, which I really don’t give a damn about.

    They should just keep five teams with four cars each and be done with it.

  • Alex

    Haha, Jaime who bashed Williams again without a job. Guess that he is not so special after all :D

  • Bamza

    Hey best you slow own there Jaime, I can still remember the dissapointment when your money got you in front of Kiwi boy Brendon Hartley.

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