Jaime Alguersuari has conceded he was surprised by Toro Rosso's decision to dispense with his services.
The Faenza-based outfit, Red Bull's Junior team, has decided to go with an all-new driver line-up for F1 2012, drafting in Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne [see separate story - click here
]. That decision has left both Alguersuari and former team-mate Sebastien Buemi facing an uncertain future. Despite that though, Alguersuari was philosophical in his reaction and added it is 'not a drama'.
“I am very surprised by the decision. Hardly a week ago, after karting in Brazil, I spoke with Helmut Marko [Red Bull motorsport advisor] and Franz Tost [Toro Rosso team principal] and they said that had plans for me in 2012,” Alguersuari revealed.
“They did it with enthusiasm and they showed much confidence in me. They also asked me to be in Madrid on Monday for a day with CEPSA [a sponsor] where I talked about our F1 project for 2012.
“This morning I spoke with them [and I learned I wouldn't be with the team in 2012] and I thought of three things.
“First, I am not going to judge the situation because it seemed madness to me that I debuted in 2009 at 19 years and three months old, without having ever done a kilometre in F1 before. Today's news seems to be a major misunderstanding in the best moment of my sporting life. I will not dwell on it however, because Red Bull gave me everything from when I was 15-years-old. I have grown up with them and I have become a complete F1 driver.
“Second, I do not feel like a victim because I have enjoyed the privilege of having the best equipment and the best support for the last seven years. They brought me here and with them I won the British F3 International Series at 18-years-old and I have obtained the best results of a 21-year-old driver in F1 in 2011. In March I will turn 22 and I have already done 46 grand's prix. They have made a decision which I respect and I remain in an enviable position.
“Finally, it is not a drama because I have many plans for the present and future. The surprise lasted a couple of hours. I spoke with my family. I was watching people go about their business in Madrid and I realised life is full of opportunities and challenges.
“There are almost 5 million unemployed in Spain today and we can only give back to this country the confidence and the optimism by striving to improve every day. That is what I am going to do this morning. I promise that to all of my fans,” he summed-up.