F1 links: Alguersuari takes Hartley’s place

F1 reserve drivers don’t get much to do these days, but nonetheless Red Bull are keen to give their up-and-comers more chance to get get a close first-hand experience of Grand Prix racing.

So they’ve replaced their third driver Bredon Hartley with his 2008 British Formula Three team mate Jaime Alguersuari for the rest of the year. Should Vettel or Webber have to miss a race, the young Spanish driver should get the call-up:

Q & A with Jaime Alguersuari

Jaime Alguersuari: "My main objective and aim is to be as a race driver at Toro Rosso, this would be for me the best. It's going to be tough, also because there is not much testing to do. But once you get to F1, everything changes – we have seen that with guys like Sebastien Buemi and Sebastian Vettel."

Remembering a brave F1 fan

"You’ve probably not heard of Liam Fairhurst but he was a mad keen F1 fan and he died this week. But there’s more to it than that. Liam was only 14 and he had been battling against cancer for four years. He thought he’d beaten it, but it turned out he hadn’t."

YouTube – OfficialMcLarenVids’s Channel

McLaren now sharing videos on Youtube

British A1 Grand Prix arm stalls

"The British arm of A1 Grand Prix (A1GP) has collapsed, raising concerns about the future of the so-called world cup of motorsport." Story I missed in Saturday's papers.

Reserve Driver Change

"As the 2009 season reaches its halfway point, Red Bull F1 is making a change to its nominated reserve driver for Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. With effect from the German Grand Prix, this role is now being taken on by Jaime Alguersuari, who replaces fellow Red Bull Young Driver, Brendon Hartley. The 19 year old Spaniard, who became the youngest ever British F3 champion last year, is currently competing in the World Series by Renault."

Andrew Benson: Pick your classic German Grand Prix

"Unfortunately, the BBC archive is not what it might be, and we have been unable to source enough material for these races to put together a suitable highlights package." BBC's usual "pick your favourite Grand Prix" segment though unfortunately they haven't got much footage of two of the best German Grands Prix ever: 1957 (Fangio beating the Ferraris) and 1968 (Stewart winning by four minutes in the wet).

George steps down as Indy boss

"Tony George has resigned from his position as head of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series following a meeting of the board of directors of the Hulman-George company that owns the legendary racetrack and the championship." Uncertain days ahead for the Indy Racing League as its founder Tony George steps down. George was also the man who brokered the deal with Bernie Ecclestone to bring F1 to Indianapolis from 2000-2007.

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7 comments on F1 links: Alguersuari takes Hartley’s place

  1. A very sad history in James Allen´s blog, Keith:

    You’ve probably not heard of Liam Fairhurst but he was a mad keen F1 fan and he died this week.

    But there’s more to it than that. Liam was only 14 and he had been battling against cancer for four years. He thought he’d beaten it, but it turned out he hadn’t.

    Liam had an indomitable spirit. Despite being wheelchair bound and through frequent rounds of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and operations, Liam went to a lot of fund raising events. He won a Pride of Britain award.

    He was crazy about Formula 1 and was desperate to visit the McLaren factory, which he ended up doing more than once, because Ron Dennis got involved in a bet with him to see how many fish he could catch in the lake at the factory.

  2. wasiF1 said on 2nd July 2009, 2:21

    SORRY FOR Liam Fairhurst.
    Hope your spirit live well

  3. Sush Meerkat said on 2nd July 2009, 8:06

    wow, he helped raise 320,00 quid?. thats astonishing.

  4. Bigbadderboom said on 2nd July 2009, 11:12

    Brave kid, well done Ron and McLaren, I’m sure his time at Mclaren was one of his lifes highlights. RIP Liam.

  5. Gman said on 2nd July 2009, 17:04

    I’m very sorry to hear about Liam’s passing- I was able to read about his trips to the MTC in some recent issues of Racing Line Magazine. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this most difficult time.

  6. Striay said on 2nd July 2009, 18:06

    R.I.P. :(

  7. TommyB said on 6th July 2009, 15:58

    RIP Liam

    Jaime Alguersuari, who replaces fellow Red Bull Young Driver, Brendon Hartley

    I met both Hartley and Jaime at World Series this weekend. Both signed my ticket so I hope they end up at Toro Rosso one day :)

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