F1 » Spurned Alguersuari hits out at F1 ‘auction’


Jaime Alguersuari slates F1's 'money over talent' policy amid hints that another seat was pulled out from under him.

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David - Unregistered

February 17, 2013 10:25 AM

Sad that he's not in F1, and presumably the regular-scoring team to which he refers is Force India...

though if they choose Bianchi or Sutil (and not Karthikeyan!) it won't just be a case of choosing a pay driver.

elijah

February 17, 2013 11:29 AM

Sad for Alguersuari.Seems he has learned the hard way that you cannot trust anything said to you in F1. The era of honorable men, if that ever existed, is long gone. If your not motivated by supremely ruthless self interest, your destined for great disappointment. There's no room for a Mr Nice, and this time of financial hardship just makes things far worse .

Liam48

February 17, 2013 1:01 PM

Shame for Alguersuari, I've always liked him and I think at the end of 2011 he was really beginning t show his potential.

He raises a good point though! He will have most testing time than the reserve drivers which will put him in a better position if he gets the chance to race.

Taipan

February 17, 2013 1:50 PM

Sorry but I find this boy a pain in the ar$e.

All he does is whine about how unfair everyone is towards him I'm sick listening to it. He was fortunate enough to be given a chance in F1, got to drive for part of a top team for 3 seasons and did next to sod all with it.
His idea that it was "incomprehensible" for RBR to drop him for 2012 is comical, yeah ok he was a bit better in 2011 but being a bit better than his previous level of being God awful hardly makes him World Championship material does it?

shamarone

February 17, 2013 2:07 PM

re: "The era of honorable men, if that ever existed, is long gone. If your not motivated by supremely ruthless self interest, your destined for great disappointment."

sage words. and you know what, your comment just helped me clarify a business decision that i need to make. thank you.

oldbiker1 - Unregistered

February 17, 2013 4:59 PM

He's been around the GP scene for over 4 years and presumably the racing world for longer. Surely he must know nothing in this world is "assured" apart from death and taxes.

Sure, he may think he's Gods gift to F1 but unless he can attract major league backing his F1 days are now numbered to pounding round deserted racetracks testing tyres. At least he can reflect how much of a service he is providing to those drivers who have "stolen" his seat.

Throwing his toys out of his pram is also not the best way to attract new backers.

Stuart - Unregistered

February 17, 2013 5:12 PM

Sorry, Jamie. No sympathy. As much as I loath the current glut of pay-drivers, you had no problem with your career being financed by Red Bull all the way to F1. You had your shot and you didn't impress enough to be retained.

jfc1 - Unregistered

February 17, 2013 8:39 PM

'Alguersuari revealed that he had turned down the opportunity to sign with Lotus in order to remain loyal to Red Bull after it had brought him through the junior ranks."

yeah, well chalk that up as part of your learning-experience, young'n...and begin to shut your mouth a bit

jfc1 - Unregistered

February 17, 2013 8:43 PM

...but on the topic of "pay to play"...what really is wrong with a driver buying his seat? I'm not getting it...is this the Olympics that we're talking about? I don't think so. It's professional motor-racing. If you can bring in $1M through sponsors independent of the team doesn't that make you a much more viable candidate than a guy who has no personal sponsorship but is a 1/2-sec per lap faster? Sounds like basic economics to me. He can always be a *real* team player and join the financial consortium backing the team, and pay a faster driver.

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