F1 » Alguersuari confirms Lotus talks, 2013 options


Jaime Alguersuari believes he will be back on the F1 grid next season, having missed out on a possible Lotus ride in 2012.

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richard

June 23, 2012 12:56 PM

possibly doesnt realise that their name has been changed to caterham!

seriously, does he believe that he would be replacing kimi or big john? i have not heard any rumour of either of them leaving.

kevin - Unregistered

June 23, 2012 3:52 PM

Problem is, he may be driving tires and getting an inside look at what's going on with them... but, he's not bright enough, or talented enough to capitalize on it. He's like Ferrari's Badoer.. lot's of laps and opportunities, zero capitalization. In two seasons, Vettel nailed his first win in an STR and placed 8th in that season. The best JA did was 14th in the season, with a career best finish of 7th. Not exactly the star material he believes himself to be cut from, and not what Red Bull is looking for - as he should have known. With the likes of Perez, Grosiean and Maldonado cracking the top 10 with shocking regularity, the odds of JA getting a seat any time soon are slimmer than ever. Say g'nite Jaimie, driving an obsolete car around to develop garbage tires is not a path to the hot seat.

MartinJSUK

June 23, 2012 6:52 PM

It'd make more sense to compare him to the current Toro Rosso drivers, neither of whom have regularly shone. Always seemed like he and Buemi were getting the most out of a fairly poor package, look what Jaime consistently did from 18th on the grid last year.

Are the 3 young drivers you mention really that much better? Maldonado has made the top 10 twice - hardly 'shocking' although I'm surprised it's been that often. Perez is a gifted driver making good use of a solid car with great tyre wear, and Grosjean has landed back in a really good car and made decent use of it. Don't forget that Jaime came in with no GP2 experience as per Red Bull's masterplan.

MrQwerty

June 23, 2012 7:12 PM

@ MartinJSUK

It's difficult to compare him to this year's Toro Rosso drivers. This year Sauber, Williams and even Caterham have come on in leaps and bounds, and it seems that the team simply aren't as competitive as they were last year. They were good drivers, and probably both deserve to be in F1 in that I think they are better than some of the drivers on the grid. The thing is, Webber will leave Red Bull soon, and if they want to promote a young driver they need to find and prepare the right one. For one reason or another, neither Buemi and Alguersuari were going to be the one to make the jump. Maybe they were better than this year's drivers, but the point of Toro Rosso is to uncover potential, not necessarily to have the best drivers available.

Phil - Unregistered

June 25, 2012 8:54 PM

Jaime Alguersuari is easy good enough and should be on the grid. He is way ahead of the people he was replaced by. The reason he was sacked was because he fell out with Helmut Marko at Korea over blocking Vettel in practice.
Look how many points STR have so far. Ridiculous. I really hope he finds his way back on the grid and yes, He is star material.

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