F1 outcast Jaime Alguersuari will return to the cockpit of a competition car next weekend, having been invited to join the Rowe Racing in the next round of the ADAC Masters.
While it might not be the return to the top flight the Spaniard craves, he is delighted to have landed the chance to get back behind the wheel after seeing several opportunities fizzle out in the past couple of years.
German outfit Rowe's expansion to run two Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 entries have allowed for Alguersuari to share driving duties with Nico Bastian. The 24-year old former Toro Rosso pilot's debut will come at next round of the ADAC GT Masters at Lausitzring over 23-25 May, marking not only his first acquaintance with Rowe, but also the first time he will have driven a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 on the Speedway's road course. Alguersuari and Bastian will line-up alongside Maro Engel and Jan Seyffarth.
"It is great did we have been able to sign a top-class driver like Jaime Alguersuari,” Rowe's team principal Hans-Peter Obernaundorf, “It speaks for our team that, for the ADAC GT Masters, he has decided to race here.
“Last week, Jamie completed a test with our SLS AMG GT3 and he did very well -might from the start. The decision to run a second car was easy. Jamie is not only a great asset to our team, so but a valuable addition for the Complete Series,"
Alguersuari's deal looks set to take the former British F3 champion to six other European venues in the coming months, where each driver duo must complete in a brace of 60 minute races, each with a mandatory driver change around the halfway mark.