Jaime Alguersuari has been officially announced as Sebastien Bourdais’ replacement at Toro Rosso.
As discussed here last week, Alguersuari will become the youngest F1 driver ever, beating the record set by Mike Thackwell in 1980.
Alguersuari and team mate Sebastien Buemi will form the youngest ever pair of team mates in Formula 1.
Alguersuari had recently taken fellow Red Bull junior driver Brendon Hartley’s place as Red Bull’s third driver. It has not yet been anounced whether Hartley or another driver will take his place.
Toro Rosso press release:
Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that, as from this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, Jaime Alguersuari will drive for the team, alongside Sebastien Buemi. The 19 year old Spaniard will thus become the youngest ever driver to take part in a Grand Prix weekend.
Jaime Alguersuari: "I would like to thank Red Bull for giving me this great opportunity to race in Formula 1. Ever since I started racing this has been my dream and thanks to the Red Bull Junior Programme I will now realise my ambition of lining up on a Grand Prix grid. I am aware that I’m facing a very tough challenge, because coming into Formula 1 is never easy, coming into Formula 1 in the middle of a season is even harder and doing so without any testing is really difficult. But already I feel that I am getting great support from the team, who have quite a reputation for looking after rookie drivers."
Franz Tost: "Red Bull’s stated aim for Scuderia Toro Rosso is that, when possible, it should be used to provide a seat for products of its Young Driver Programme. We therefore chose Alguersuari as the most mature driver currently in the programme. I am well aware that over the next few months the team and Jaime will face a major challenge, especially because of the testing ban. But Red Bull is always ready for a new challenge. I do not expect anything from him for at least his first three races, during which he has to get used to the car, the team and to the Formula 1 environment."
Date of Birth: March 23, 1990
Place of birth: Barcelona (Spain)
Weight: 65 kg
17 pole positions
8 fastest laps
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