Jaime Alguersuari stays at Toro Rosso

Teenager Alguersuari will get a full season at Toro Rosso

Teenager Alguersuari will get a full season at Toro Rosso

Jaime Alguersuari will remain at Toro Rosso for the 2010 season, the team have confirmed.

Team principal Franz Tost 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 team?s commitment to bringing on graduates of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme.
Franz Tost

The mystery here, though, is why it took them so long to do it, having only brought Alguersuari into the team late in 2009.

Tost added:

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 nineteen years old.
Franz Tost

Alguersuari will remain alongside Sebastien Buemi but the length of time it took Toro Rosso to confirm him suggests they were having second thoughts.

Alguersuari is still a teenager and was the youngest driver ever to start a Grand Prix when he made his debut at the Hungaroring last year. He joins Fernando Alonso and Pedro de la Rosa as one of three Spanish drivers in F1 this year.

The news means there are only four places left un-filled for 2010: one at Renault, one at Campos Meta and both the US F1 seats.

2010 F1 drivers and teams

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39 comments on Jaime Alguersuari stays at Toro Rosso

  1. wasiF1 said on 22nd January 2010, 16:29

    Great News.Now only 4 seats are left to fill.
    USF1 still haven’t revel their drivers,Renault & Campos Meta each have one driver to name.

    Nick is still without a race seat.

  2. DanThorn said on 22nd January 2010, 16:36

    Aside from the odd rookie error you have to say that last year he was pretty solid, if a tad unremarkable. I’m glad they’ve finally announced him as it’s been on the cards for months, though I wonder what took them so long to do so…

    • Jraybay-Hamiltonmclarenfan said on 22nd January 2010, 18:55

      out of 8 races he finished 3 of them with a high of 14th that’s not solid. ” aside from the Odd rookie error ” Ha… I like toro rosso though and would like to see him and Buemi do well. We see if he is the real deal now that he has had some testing.

      • I’d say Alguersuari’s performances were solid enough – for a 19 year old with only a single season of F3 behind him and just a demo run in a 2008-spec F1 car on his CV, anyway.

        What more did you expect from a total rookie in an STR? He wasn’t seconds off Buemi’s pace, his lap times didn’t vary wildly, he didn’t spin every five minutes, get lapped ten times a race, etc.

        For 2010 he should have more time in the car and be better prepared – if he still struggles then he’ll be out and deservedly so, but he deserves this chance.

      • ElChiva said on 24th January 2010, 0:19

        how may mechanical failures due to the team you like?

    • another driver with a suitcase full of cash.

  3. Great news :) ’bout time they confirmed him!

    • Bewildered said on 22nd January 2010, 17:49

      It’s like when you are dating a girl, and she wants to get married. You’re looking around to see if there’s anyone better, you take your time, you um and er.. then eventually, push comes to shove, all the good looking girls are taken, or not looking at you, so you go with the option you already have.

      Red Bull are such Cads :)

  4. Hairs said on 22nd January 2010, 16:44

    “The mystery here, though, is why it took them so long to do it, having only brought Alguersuari into the team late in 2009. ”

    Because these are the people that knew they were going to sack a driver at the start of the season but didn’t bother to decide on a replacement. For all Red Bull’s “Young Driver” scheme, they’re pretty incompetant at managing it – same thing with the RBR reserve driver last year. Is it going to be the same guy this year? Who knows. They’re certainly not at McLaren standard when it comes to actually working out what to do with young drivers.

    A cynic would suggest the delay was a result of trying to get him to agree to a “mid season sacking” clause in his contract.

  5. Ned Flanders said on 22nd January 2010, 16:52

    Toro Rosso really mess their drivers around. Didn’t they also not confirm Scott Speed for 2007 and Sebastien Bourdais for 2009 longer than was perhaps necessary. And both drivers were sacked midway through the season. Unfortunately, I can see the same fate befalling Alguersuari

  6. John H said on 22nd January 2010, 16:53

    Good news, drivers should be given a fair hearing I think.

    He can also afford to drive into the wrong pit this season as he’ll still have fuel obboard $:)

  7. Glad he gets to have a proper crack at F1. Finally he gets confirmed!

  8. I think they were seriously considering replacing him with someone else (Don’t know who though). Even if he was assured of the seat, and he was definitely going to get it without any trouble, then he should have been announced sooner. You don’t want your drivers to feel distracted in the build up to the new season.

    If he was the only person in the frame then they should have announced it sooner, I’m sure he would have felt doubts because it wasn’t being announced publicly. It isn’t cool to let him get distracted like that in the off-season.

    He has to perform from Bahrain though otherwise he will get replaced half way through. Red Bull are ruthless like that.

  9. James said on 22nd January 2010, 18:15

    Not a big suprise. Toro Rosso will be a midfield/mid-pack team next term, so he’ll be expected get results in the 8th to 16th range next year.

    First few races will be a learning curve for him, but from Hungary onwards, it’ll be game on.

    Best of luck to him, he’s clearly a fast driver by looking at his (short) career stats, let’s just hope he swims =)

  10. Christopher (sennaboy3) said on 22nd January 2010, 18:24

    damn. was hoping Senna would slide in that second seat & get a proper crack at scoring some points. anyway, go Toro Rosso!

  11. just heard that Heidfeld going to be Mercedes Gp test driver. His manager announced it!

  12. Al-Guersuari is just a roasted chicken that will be eaten off before June 2010 :-(

    As has been said already, if he was good enough just like Buemi, then there will be no need to delay his confirmation. The young drivers drivel is just a marketing gag. STR must be regretting they did not have such rookie as Kobayashi who, without test experience, made some points in his second attempt.

  13. ErBearJ24 (@erbearj24) said on 22nd January 2010, 21:46

    It’s great to hear that Torro Rosso have resigned Alguersuari to a race seat. Too many young drivers are coming into the sport and are expected to produce a Lewis Hamilton-esque season. I hope that Torro Rosso give Jaime the entire season to produce results, instead of sacking him in the middle of the season. Young drivers traditionally need a season or two to finally get to grips with Formula 1 cars. However; Torro Rosso want results immediately, and having two inexperienced drivers will not give you the best chance to do that. Note to Torro Rosso: Stop putting two inexperienced drivers in both of your race seats!

  14. Pengo said on 22nd January 2010, 22:20

    Whats the new rule for testing for new drivers? I think this will determine if Jaime gets a full year of driving or not. If actually being in the race is the only way a new driver can get experience behind the wheel, then expect STR to be quick to replace Jaime to give the new driver more time to get used to the car.

  15. Prisoner Monkeys said on 22nd January 2010, 23:10

    And then there were four …

    Well, if anybody is going to be under pressure this season, it’s Senor Alguersuari. Like Ferrari, I think Red Bull erred when they promoted him to race seat last year. They were really caught with their pants down: Sebastien Bourdais proved to be useless, and Brendon Hartley had pulled out of the testing to focus on other championships, and so Alguersuari was the only choice. Red Bull put him in way too soon.

    That said, he did get better as the season went on, especially in qualifying. His races were another matter entirely, though to his credit, he was only guilty of causing one of his five retirements. Italy, Singapore and Abu Dhabi were all the result of mechanical issues, and his Belgian crash was just a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If he and Lewis Hamilton had their positions swapped, Hamilton probably would have hit him, too. That doesn’t completely exonerate him of course, but it doesn’t put him at fault, either. The only real mishap that was his and his alone was in Japan.

    That said, 2010 is going to be a difficult time. Toro Rosso might be an established team, but they’re on the same footing as Virgin, Campos, Lotus and USF1 because they’re building their own chassis for the first time. My expectations of them are not high; in fact, I wouldn’t be surpried if they finished behind the new teams come season’s end. Even when they had the same car as Red Bull, they were still fairly useless.

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