Formula One's newest addition, Jaime Alguersuari, has confirmed that he intends to keep racing in the World Series by Renault alongside his commitments with Scuderia Toro Rosso in the top flight, claiming that he cannot afford to pass up opportunities to learn.
The Spaniard becomes the youngest driver to race in a grand prix weekend when he rolls out of the Budapest pit-lane on Friday morning, and insists that, as he is still very much learning his trade after a rapid rise up the racing ladder, he is hoping to be able to combine his new role with the WSbR programme he began with Carlin Motorsport at the start of 2009.
"I am a young driver, so I need to do as many races as possible, I need to experience as many situations as possible," he reasoned, "For me, for sure, it would be good because it would give me more experience - and, of course, there are no clashes with F1, so there is not really a reason not
to do it. If it becomes an issue, then obviously we may have to reconsider.
"To be honest, I have done just two aero tests. For sure, I am really happy to be here, to learn the car and learn a new situation but, at the end, it is just another car for me, another car in my racing career, in my life. I am very happy to drive and I am looking forward to it.
"I know I am not really experienced, I know I need some mileage in the car and that is what we are here for - I need to learn and I need to have experience. We know [the Hungaroring] is not an easy track to do [for] the first race, but obviously this is the situation right now and we have to do our best job and drive the car. The most important thing to learn the tracks as much as we can this year and to get the best possible experience from that.
"I'm relaxed, I know what I can do, I know what people expect from me and the most important thing is that I know what I have
to do. As I said before, it's another car, another race in my racing career and, in the end, it's just one steering wheel and two pedals like everything. That's the target: to learn and to drive."
Despite Toro Rosso predecessor Sebastian Vettel giving up his WSbR title ambitions when confronted by exactly the same situation in 2007, the 19-year old Spaniard insists that he is not expecting too much difficulty swapping between the two series.
"Usually, it is better to stick with one car but, in this instance, it may be best for me to be in two cars, learning as much as possible. I know Red Bull will make the decision that is best for me. The main thing is to learn.
"I am a very young driver at only 19, so I still need to do lots of races. I am really aiming to win in World Series, [but] what I need is some more races and more experience. Every session, we improve and get better [and] for sure, after three more races, I will be better and know more than I do now. That is surely good for my driving in F1."