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:
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."
"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."
McLaren now sharing videos on Youtube
"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.
"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."
"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).
"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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