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Glock's BMW option to end Alguersuari option?

Could Timo Glock's DTM test could spell the end of BMW's interest in Jaime Alguersuari?
While Jaime Alguersuari continues to be listed among the potential candidates for the three remaining vacancies on this year's F1 grid, he could be poised to lose the one alternative option on the table.

The Spaniard was forced to sit out the 2012 campaign after being axed by Toro Rosso shortly before Christmas, but insisted that he had a budget in place to make a play for any seat that may become available for 2013. While several doors have already closed on him, notably at Lotus and Sauber, Alguersuari remains in the frame at Force India, Caterham and, as of Monday, Marussia, following Timo Glock's unexpected split with the Banbury operation.

Ironically, however, the German's exit could actually deny Alguersuari any chance of racing this season.

While maintaining that he wanted to address what he regarded as unfinished business in F1, the Spaniard revealed that he had been offered the chance of joining BMW's DTM line-up. His desire to remain in single-seaters, however, left the German marque on the hook and it now appears that Glock could be its preferred option. The former Jordan and Toyota driver has already been confirmed as taking part in this week's group test with the latest BMW M3 DTM and could be shoe-horned into the line-up should things go well at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia.

Alguersuari, therefore, may come to regret his blinkered pursuit of an F1 return, with others – notably Vitaly Petrov, Luiz Razia and Bruno Senna – understood to have better financial backing with which to pursue the open seats, and Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil already thought to be Force India's preferred options.

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January 22, 2013 11:13 AM
Last Edited 387 days ago

"Blinkered" is a bit harsh I would say, he's a young guy and got booted out of F1 quite unfairly by STR when he was showing decent potential. Blinkered or not, without a big bag of dosh he's screwed for getting back into F1.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 5:34 PM

The guy is only 22 now. His last season he was 21. He had a solid season in 2011. They should have kept him. He can't be expected to deliver Vettel's results in the STR, because at that time STR was using Red Bull's chassis. And because of Vettel's win in the STR, other midpack teams cried "foul". It's amazing how Santander isn't backing up more spanish talent. Sure it focuses more attention on Alonso by making him more popular, but when he retires, that will leave a big void for all the spanish fans currently drawn to F1 because of him. They could leave the sport in droves.

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