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?óÔé¼Ôäós appointment also confirms our team?óÔé¼Ôäós commitment to bringing on graduates of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme.
The mystery here, though, is why it took them so long to do it, having only brought Alguersuari into the team late in 2009.
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.
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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