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Alguersuari future may not be known until 2013

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has conceded that he may not be in position to confirm his plans for 2013 until the New Year.
Jaime Alguersuari has been forced to admit that he is still not in position to make an announcement about his plans for next season.

The Spaniard has been hinting that a deal has been close for some time, having initially revealed that he had options to return to F1 as long ago as June, but nothing has been forthcoming and doors continue to close. The former Toro Rosso driver has been linked to Sauber, Force India and HRT, amongst others, in recent weeks but, with the Swiss team now full and the Spanish one out of business, his options are getting fewer.

Force India remains a real target, despite Vijay Mallya's squad also being favoured by the likes of Bruno Senna, Adrian Sutil, Luiz Razia and Sebastien Buemi, but Alguersuari has conceded that he may have to wait until the start of 2013 before he is in position to confirm anything.

"There is nothing to say yet," he told Spain's AS newspaper, "We may not be able to announce anything about 2013 until January. However, it's also possible that it could be [announced] in the coming days."

Alguersuari has apparently been offered a seat in the DTM by BMW, but has decided to put that option on hold while he exhausts his chances of returning to F1. With so many drivers on the market this winter – including several losing their F1 rides as well as the wannabes looking to step up from GP2 and the World Series by Renault – the Spaniard admits that it is going to be hard to secure one of the few remaining seats, particularly if he is unable to compete on financial terms.

"Fortunately or unfortunately, F1 is not MotoGP,” he stated, “If [Casey] Stoner is injured, there is no substitute who can match [Dani] Pedrosa or [Jorge] Lorenzo. But, in F1, there are ten applicants for a single seat – and merit, talent, past performance and experience are only part of what is needed.”



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voiceofreason - Unregistered

December 05, 2012 9:52 AM

He came into F1 far too young and with too little experience, simply because Marko was determined to get rid of the continually moaning and underperforming Bourdais. He therefore scored 0 points in 2009, only 5 in 2010 but then 26 in 2011, and was demonstrably getting better and better when he was fired because, presumably, he hadn't won a race in the 7th best car like Golden Boy Vettel. By the way, 26 is four more points than his 'superior' replacements Ricciardo and Vergne managed between them all this year. Anyone brave enough to take on Jaime will get a very talented and improving driver, unfairly written off far too early.



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