F1 » Alguersuari frustrated by 'closed doors' at Red Bull

As he reveals that he has yet to engage in talks with Scuderia Toro Rosso regarding a contract extension for next year, Jaime Alguersuari admits his frustrations that once again, the doors to 'parent' outfit Red Bull Racing are firmly shut

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Geno - USA - Unregistered

September 16, 2011 8:59 PM

Regarding his comments about Buemi:

"one of the best team-mates I have had in my life"

Isn't Buemi the ONLY teammate he has had in his life? When he started in F1 he was only 19 years old.

cmc1 - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 12:24 AM

Well, not quite Alguersuari. If they don't resign you in 2012 the doors actually open's for the junior driver's program. There's nothing against you of course.

pot - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 1:13 PM

kick them both out, under performing for a long time, yeh the car might be a part a bit but they never set the world on fire, very few classy drives etc, give someone else a shot at it.
buemi especially, he is like a ghost in f1, id love to see kovalinen in that car for a year or two.


September 17, 2011 4:09 PM
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Geno - F1 drivers don't just wander in off the street, they have usually performed in lower series with various team mates.

In this case he raced alongside Oliver Turvey, Brendon Hartley and Sam Abay at Carlin Motorsport in the British F3 Championship. He won that, with Turvey second.
He then went on to do World Series by Renault with Carlin and Turvey, and came 6th, with Turvey the highest placed rookie in 4th, though by then he had the drive with Torro Rosso!

Jimmy - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 5:53 PM

Too right it's frustrating, Toro Rosso is virtually the Red Bull Junior team, so then what's the point in having one if Red Bull aren't going to sign up Toro Rosso's best driver. Surely that's the whole point of a Junior Team

Porcelina - Unregistered

September 17, 2011 7:42 PM

Pretty sure Alguesuari will be there next year with Ricciardo. Both are two stellar young drivers who are improving each race. JA's seventh in Monza was finally the result he deserved - leading the rest of the pack behind the top four teams.

I can see him being in a Red Bull for 2013.


September 19, 2011 4:31 AM

If I were Tost's position, I think I would be fairly unhappy that it took the very real threat of sacking to get any measurable performance from his two drivers. I don't dislike Alguersuari at all, however I do think that if Webber did leave RBR at the end of 2011, JA would not be the one to replace him. Nor Ricciardo, for that matter (in 2012 at least).

Buemi's days are clearly numbered and I think Alguersuari will be lucky to survive the threat of Vergne. Jez's prediction for STR 2012 - Ricciardo and Algersuari, with Vergne in a similar position to Ricciardo in 2011 and JA mirroring Buemi's 2011 pressure.

If Webber didn't re-sign, I think Horner should have been beating down the door of Rosberg if Ricciardo was not yet ready.

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