Posted on September 3, 2013

One of the most poignant thoughts to arise from the promotion of Daniel Ricciardo from Toro Rosso to the Red Bull team is the role that timing and opportunity play in a driver’s career. The announcement from Mark Webber in June that he was to retire at the end of 2013, created an opportunity at Red Bull, the first since the end of 2008. In the intervening period a number drivers have been through the Red Bull young driver programme – some have done a spell at Toro Rosso – and then headed for the exit with no promotion in More…

Posted on March 30, 2012

Toro Rosso refugee Jaime Alguersuari has been hired as test driver by Pirelli, giving him a platform from which to try to return to an F1 cockpit in 2013. The 22 year old was dropped by Toro Rosso in mid December 2011, giving him no time to find a seat for the 2012 season. He has been working this season for BBC Radio 5 Live as my co-commentator and driver/summariser. Pirelli has also retained the services of Lucas di Grassi to provide a reference point from the tests conducted so far. According to Pirelli, “Both drivers will drive Pirelli’s latest More…

Posted on March 6, 2012

Jaime Alguersuari was unveiled today as the final member of the BBC Radio 5 Live presentation team for 2012. The 21 year old from Barcelona will be my co-commentator, with Jennie Gow the pitlane reporter. Today in London the BBC teams from TV and Radio did a press day, meeting with journalists from web and newspapers. Alguersuari comes to broadcasting after two and a half years as a driver with Toro Rosso; last year he had a strong second half of the season, as he took the improved Toro Rosso and made some bold strategies work for him. The key More…

Posted on February 7, 2012

On the day that Toro Rosso began testing its new F1 car, the team’s former driver Jaime Alguersuari has told his side of the story of how he was abruptly dropped by the team. Alguersuari, who looks likely to appear in the F1 paddock this year as reserve driver for Mercedes, thought he had been given verbal confirmation before the end of the season that his seat at Toro Rosso was secure. But two weeks after the last race he was told that he was out. Speaking on his own website the Spaniard said, “On December 13th, when Red Bull More…

Posted on June 23, 2011

Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari was speaking today about his season so far and batting away questions about whether he is likely to be moved aside in order for Daniel Ricciardo to be given a chance to do a race weekend, or maybe a series of them. “I think it is interesting as he (Ricciardo) gets to try different things on the car and at the end, still this year, I did not find the best way to improve the car, the performance, and am just still learning about the set-up, about the tyres, about so many things on the More…

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