The Spaniard came to the Faenza based team last year, midway through the season, as he replaced French driver Sebastien Bourdais. Although he did a good race at his first outing – he actually finished ahead of his teammate Sebastien Buemi – Alguersuari failed to finish a bunch of races in the second half of the season and eventually did not make the scoreboard in 2009.
This year, after some long negotiations with the staff at Toro Rosso, Jaime's father Jaume admitted that only the positive words put in by Red Bull's advisor Helmut Marko convinced the Faenza officials to give Alguersuari another chance at a full season in the series. And the 19-year old racer wants to make the most of it.
“To do things well and to be an asset for Toro Rosso for next year. What I really wish is to make the jump to Red Bull, which is a very competitive team that wins races. That is the goal, as of course it also is for my teammate Sebastien Buemi,” said Alguersuari, when asked about his goals for the 2010 season by El Mundo Deportivo newspaper.
Although based in Faenza and using their own development center – as of this season – Scuderia Toro Rosso is still controlled fully by Red Bull's owner Dietrich Mateschitz, for whom they are a feeder outfit. Meaning that most of the drivers from Red Bull's young drivers development programme are making their first steps in F1 at Toro Rosso, after which their good performances (if that happens) turn them into Red Bull Racing drivers.