Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2011

Alguersuari and di Grassi to test Pirelli tyres

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Interlagos, 2011Pirelli have confirmed ex-Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari will be one of their test drivers in 2012.

F1’s official tyre supplier will also retain the services of Lucas di Grassi, who has tested for them previously.

Pirelli have acquired a 2010 Renault R30 to conduct tyre testing this year and develop new compounds for 2013.

Alguersuari and Di Grassi will drive the car at F1 race venues Spa-Francorchamps, Monza and the Circuit de Catalunya as well as Jerez in Spain.

Alguersari said: “A week ago it was my birthday, when I turned 22, and now Pirelli has given me the best possible present.

“I can?t wait to get started with this very important and challenging job of developing the new tyres for the future, which I?m looking forward to a lot. I have a huge desire to get behind the wheel of a Formula One car again and return to competition, so this is a brilliant chance for me.”

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery added: “Our commitment to providing the best possible spectacle in Formula One is underlined by the fact that we have two extremely fast and talented test drivers this year.

“Lucas will provide us with the reference point that we need from the development programme so far, while Jaime brings an extra dimension from his experience of racing at the sharp end of the field throughout the last three seasons.

“We?re going to be using the drivers for all of our single-seater testing activities, including GP2 and simulator development as well. Their input and expertise are sure to help us make even greater progress during the season, resulting in competition tyres that enhance the action further and new technologies that will eventually filter down to our Ultra High Performance road car products.

“With opportunities for young drivers to drive a Formula One car so limited, this is a great chance for Lucas and Jaime to not only hone their testing and development skills, but also to potentially follow our former test drivers like Romain Grosjean, Pedro de la Rosa and Nick Heidfeld in returning to F1 or another top flight motorsport programme in future.”

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