Jaime Alguersuari has hit out at former team Toro Rosso for comments made after his departure from the team at the end of the 2011 F1 season.
The Spaniard, who will join the BBC
for its radio coverage of the season ahead, lost his drive along with Sebastien Buemi after the team elected to go with an all-new line-up for the year ahead.
Following the decision, Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko suggested the pair had been dropped as they weren't capable of being winners – comments that Alguersuari was far from happy with.
“I respect the situation that they don't want my work anymore, but what they've said is absolutely not acceptable,' he told Sportsmail
. “They said 'we are good drivers, but we are not winners'. It doesn't make sense if you give me a car that is not capable to be in the top ten.
“I didn't expect it. It was something very strange because we all expected that we were continuing at Toro Rosso. We both did a good job. We put the car in the top ten quite a lot of times and we scored 41 points. In general the season was very good.”
Alguersuari added that he remained hopeful of making a return to the F1 grid, although he didn't expect to be re-appearing for Toro Rosso at any point in the future.
“You never know what can happen in Formula One, but I don't expect them to call me,” he said. “I demonstrated what I can do with the car which is not capable to be in the top ten and now I am looking for bigger things.
“You need to look forward. Life you have it one day and then you don't have it anymore. I hope one day to be back in Formula One to demonstrate what I can do and what I am capable of, and I will fight for it.”