Jaime Alguersuari’s first day at the office

Jaime Alguersuari gets ready for his first F1 practice session
Jaime Alguersuari gets ready for his first F1 practice session

Despite the inevitable rows over him becoming the youngest F1 driver ever, Jaime Alguersuari made his first appearance in an official Formula 1 session today.

He’s only the second new driver to arrive in F1 this year – joining his team mate Sebastien Buemi who, with nine Grand Prix starts to his name, looks like a veteran compared to the young Spaniard.

Alguersuari finished at the bottom of the times sheets in the second practice session today – Toro Rosso not showing much progress despite the raft of new parts on their STR4s.

I thought it was good of him to carry a tribute to former rival Henry Surtees on his crash helmet. He explained why:

Henry was a big friend, I didn’t know him much, to be honest because I met him last year in Donington Park in the last round of British F3. He did I think a really good job, he was a very talented driver and he was a good friend. I spent a day in Alton Towers with him in England, we had good fun and for me he was very very strong. More than this is that I could never expect something like this to anybody so it also affects me. At the end it is a sad day and sad season for everyone in motorsport.

Alguersuari’s ‘in at the deep end’ introduction to the world of F1 will continue with his first qualifying session tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s some pictures of the new boy at work.

Read more about Toro Rosso’s new driver here:

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