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Scuderia Toro Rosso confirms Alguersuari for F1 2010

And then there were four... The F1 2010 grid is increasingly taking shape, as Scuderia Toro Rosso's confirmation that it is to retain Spanish teenager Jaime Alguersuari leaves just four seats left to fill for the forthcoming campaign
One of the final remaining pieces of the F1 2010 jigsaw has now slotted into place, with Red Bull 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso confirming that it has re-signed 2009 debutant Jaime Alguersuari for the forthcoming campaign.

Earlier this week, Red Bull motorsport consultant Dr. Helmut Marko had hinted that awaiting the dotting of the Is and the crossing of the Ts, a deal was all-but done with the Spanish teenager [see separate story – click here], who at just 19 became the youngest driver ever to join the grid in the top flight when he made his bow in-place of the fired Sébastien Bourdais for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring in late July.

Alguersuari's promotion at the time elicited a wave of criticism from more experienced F1 campaigners, who feared that his nigh-on complete lack of experience at the highest level would make him a liability to both himself and others – but to the contrary, the Barcelona admirably native kept his composure and his cool, and even went on to outperform STR team-mate Sébastien Buemi on his maiden appearance in the car.

His continued presence in the team in 2010 had appeared unsure, however, with rumours that Bruno Senna or even BMW-Sauber refugee Nick Heidfeld could possibly force him out – but now the former British F3 Champion has been rewarded for his efforts with a renewed contract to partner Buemi again this year.

“Considering that he made his debut only halfway through 2009 in the Hungarian Grand Prix, with no prior testing, he did a good job,” remarked Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. “He made steady progress throughout the second half of the year, with a mature approach considering he is still only 19-years-old.

“This season he will again face a steep learning curve, as all the circuits in the first part of the season will be new to him. Jaime's appointment also confirms our team's commitment to bringing on graduates of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme.”

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Rancid Squirrel - Unregistered

January 22, 2010 5:21 PM

About time too. It would have been a bit pointless dropping him after giving him time to learn the ropes last year, and he put in some good performances considering where he was at when he started. Just hope he can build on the experience this time round. Toro Rosso are all too trigger-happy with their drivers...

Esteban - Unregistered

January 22, 2010 8:15 PM

Algersuari was a ridiculous choice to replace Bourdais, and in no sense deserves to be on the F1 grid. However, I am glad that Toro Rosso haven't callously wrecked his career and then dropped him, like Renault seem to have done with Grosjean. I hope he uses this chance at redemption to its fullest, but I remain sad that so many more interesting and deserving drivers will go without seats while he gets a drive.

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