Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Hungaroring, 2011

Alguersuari and Buemi react to losing seats

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Alguersuari and Buemi describe their disappointment at losing their places in F1.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Jaime Alguersuari: “I am not a victim…” (Adam Cooper)

“Just a week after winning the Challenge das Estrelas in Florian???polis I talked with Helmut Marko and Franz Tost and they told me they had plans for me in 2012.”

Buemi ‘fell from the sky’ after losing seat (GP Update)

“I was in the simulator yesterday morning at Red Bull Racing in Milton Keynes, where Franz [Tost] and Helmut [Marko] called me…”

Sebastien Buemi via Twitter

“Thanks a lot for all your support! It is now time to head toward a new direction!”

Ferrari to run new car in first test (Autosport)

Luca Colajanni: “The new Ferrari F1 car will be presented in early February, in time to take part in the first test session ahead of the season.”

Paul Di Resta deal earmarks him as force to be reckoned with (The Times, subscription required)

“Vijay Mallya, the billionaire Force India co-owner, was at Silverstone [on Wednesday] to finalise details of the line-up for 2012, when Di Resta is expected to lead the team.”

Timo Gans (Nico Hulkenberg’s press officer) via Twitter

“My understanding is, that it seems most likely, that there will be no announcement [Thursday], but probably [Friday].”

Mark Webber column (BBC)

“I won in Brazil, relegating Fernando [Alonso] to fourth. He’s an intense competitor but I don’t think he was that unhappy about losing out by one point. I got a text message from him the day before I was going to India, reminding me that I had to go. It was along the lines of: ‘This is your captain speaking, your flight is ready for boarding.’ It made me smile.”

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Comment of the day

Should Toro Rosso serve only as a ‘rookie farm’ for Red Bull? GT_Racer says no:

If Red Bull want a ‘Rookie training school’ then buy a GP2 team. Running an F1 team like that is wrong.

Like we have seen with Jaime Alguersuari, they put him in the car with no testing (not even any Friday running) at age 19 and almost certainly moved him into F1 before he was ready. He?s then put under more pressure than its really ideal considering his age/experience, He shows improvement year on year and at the point when he looks like he’s really got F1 figured out and was showing massive improvement they throw him to one side.

If Toro Rosso had retained Jaime I’d have marked him out as someone to really watch for 2012 and if he finds a ride elsewhere I still think he will prove just how good he is and how good he will become as he gains more experience.

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On this day in F1

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69 comments on “Alguersuari and Buemi react to losing seats”

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  1. I wonder who will take place as reserve driver for RB and Toro Rosso. I’d love it if Alguersuari did because that’d be a possible opening for Toro Rosso in 2013 if Webber was to leave RBR.

  2. Buemi got the call while he was in the simulator? Wow, that must have been a kick in the teeth. I wonder if he was escorted from the premises after…

    1. “In this lap, in this lap. You’re fired.”

  3. I’m happy for Ricciardo,but what don’t understand is why Vergne was handed the seat? He showed up from nowhere.
    But talking about the outsted of Buemi and Jaime,it’s a harsh sittuation for them now. Algersuari performed great for STR,and he seemed to become a rising star in F1,but now he has almoast no options as well as Buemi. Only two vacant seats are wideley contested with more than 6 or 8 drivers standing in line for those places. Most of those drivers has financial backing to offer,but these two only had RedBull.
    This is very sad ,but these guys showed a professional attitude and reaction of the news. Can’t imagine what they are feeling now.
    Anyway,It would be a shame for F1 to lose tallents like them now. Best of luck for both of the guys.

  4. Keith, I got the new MotoGP 10/11 game yesterday and I was playing it and was thinking about Alguersuari, Buemi and Sutil losing their seats in F1, and also how Grosjean lost his seat at the end of 2009 but is coming back after his success in GP2. So I was reflecting on that whilst playing my career as ‘Lucas Revington’ (Made up surname) on the 125cc’s in ‘Team Britalia’ and thinking about the second and third classes and I had a brainwave. Toni Elias returned to the second MotoGP class in 2010, the newly formed Moto2 category with Gresini, and he became the first champion so it kept him on the radar of LCR for 2011 and ultimatley, they signed him but he didn’t have the season he wanted due to being unable to get any feel from his bike, so they dropped him and signed his successor as Moto2 champ, Stefan Bradl. Now Toni is going back to Moto2 for another chance to prove his worth with Aspar. My point is, with there being GP2 and GP3 supporting F1 on most race weekends, and with 125cc (Moto3 in 2012) and Moto2 always coming to the same weekends bar the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, it gives many riders a chance to prove themselves that they deserve a seat in MotoGP, so why not make the GP3 and GP2 Series come to every race weekend in F1 and let it keep people such as Jaime, Seb and Adrian on the radar as well as bringing up the young guns?

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