Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2011

Alguersuari turns down drive with HRT

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

In today?s round-up: Jaime Alguersuari has rejected a seat with HRT for 2012, instead hoping to be third driver at one of the big teams.

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Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Alguersuari ‘says no’ to HRT (Sky Sports F1)

??Jaime Alguersuari has reportedly turned down an offer to drive for HRT this year, saying it would be a backward step.??

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko says ousted Toro Rosso duo Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari had enough chances to prove their worth in Formula 1 (Autosport)

“Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko says Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari were given enough time to demonstrate whether they were potential grand prix winners, and lost their Toro Rosso seats because they failed to do so.??

Button has built strong team around him, says Hamilton (ESPN F1)

Lewis Hamilton says that team-mate Jenson Button was able to perform so well last season because of his relationship with his technical team.”

Human rights group urge Formula One teams to boycott Bahrain GP (The Guardian)

“Human rights groups have urged Formula 1 teams to consider boycotting the Bahrain Grand Prix in April, amid continued political unrest in the Gulf kingdom.”

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Comment of the day

There?s been lots of comments about Sebastien Buemi potentially taking Mark Webber’s seat in 2013. Prisoner Monkeys says:

Helmut Marko might like the idea of Vettel winning everything, and he might lobby for a driver who will not threaten Vettel, but Red Bull is a constructor, which means they are fighting for the constructors? championship. When their main rivals are taking the two best drivers available to them, Red Bull will have to do the same.

Sebastian Vettel isn?t so good that he can single-handedly win the constructors? championship. If the team make the mistake of thinking he can, there is a real chance that they will finish behind Mercedes in the constructors? standings simply because McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes will get results through consistency. Red Bull need a strong second driver, and they will take the strongest available, regardless of what Helmut Marko thinks.
Prisoner Monkeys

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