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Alguersuari unlikely to earn HRT deal

Luis Perez Sala says it is unlikely HRT would chase a deal with Jaime Alguersuari for 2012
New HRT team boss Luis Perez Sala admits it is unlikely that the Spanish outfit will be the next port of call for Jaime Alguersuari after his departure from Toro Rosso.

Alguersuari had been widely tipped to retain his drive before the announcement that Toro Rosso was to replace both of its drivers for the 2012 F1 season, leaving the Spanish with severely limited options if he is to remain on the grid next year.

With a desire to give the team a more Spanish flavour, HRT appeared to be the logical place for Alguersuari to find a drive alongside countryman Pedro de la Rosa, but Sala insisted that it was unlikely he would be part of the team's 2012 line-up.

“It's bad news and incomprehensible,” he told Radio Marca when asked what he thought of Alguersuari losing his drive. “It's clear that it would be a dream to have him, the very best Christmas present, but I doubt it is realistic because we already have a path with very long conservations with other drivers.”

Sala, who said earlier this week that signing a second driver to partner de la Rosa wasn't top of his agenda as HRT continues to restructure, admitted that it would be a struggle to get the 2012 car ready as planned for pre-season testing, although he remained hopeful that a test would take place before the season opener in Melbourne.

“Inevitably we will be delayed by this reorganisation,” he said. “Additionally, the FIA now requires us to pass the crash tests before we can test, which sets the bar even higher.

“I hope it is all done in late January and we make the pre-season, but if it gets difficult then at least I hope we make the shakedown before Melbourne.”



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sodesu

December 21, 2011 4:52 PM
Last Edited 1000 days ago

"Pedro Diniz", you're dead right actually. F1 today is probably LESS about money than it was at first. There have always been pay drivers, in fact in early F1 there were plenty of royalty and rich eccentrics who bought themselves expensive toys and played racing heroes. Then there were the likes of Deletraz etc... The thing that bothers many people today is that while Europe and to some extent the US is where the racing tradition and infrastructure is, it's no longer where the money is. And the parts of the world that are doing well and are willing to invest in motor racing obviously want to invest in local talent - even if said local talent isn't quite as well developed as the many talented young racers you'll find in the west. Sure it may be unfair, but F1 has always been a high budget sport, and as such it has never ever been fair. Even today, the kids who get the chance to race in karts all have rich parents who paid for them.

Liam48

December 21, 2011 2:46 PM

It will be ridiculous if he doesn't get a drive for next season. It is a waste of talent if he's booted from Formula 1 when drivers like Maldonado and de la Rosa get a drive. I'm a fan of Alguersuari and have paid a lot of interest to his performance this year and have been hugely impressed with his maturity and race craft i.e. Korea and his speed i.e. Spa qualifying. HRT or Williams give this guy a seat and he'll kick his team mate into the weeds.



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