Alguersuari Confirms He Will Replace Bourdais in 2009

Although Sebastien Bourdais made it very clear that he'll report to the Toro Rosso garage at the Hungaroring, two weekends from now, the team's new test and reserve driver Jaime Alguersuari today revealed the Frenchman will no longer drive for the Faenza based team in the remaining rounds of the 2009.

The British F3 champion is positive that he'll make his Formula One debut during the Hungarian Grand Prix, therefore becoming the youngest race driver to set foot in the Great Circle at only 19, 4 months and one day. He even set a date for the official announcement from Toro Rosso, due to be made public as early as Tuesday.

He is 30, he has a daughter, has won four championships in the American Champ Cars, won the F3000 here in Europe and, honestly, is a highly trained driver. But it seems that this year he has not given it everything, as he should have,” argued Alguersuari on Monday, in an interview with Radio Catalunya.

I truly believe that the decision by Red Bull is just, but it is never nice to see someone taken away after half a season,” added the Spanish teenager.

Alguersuari was appointed as new reserve driver of Toro Rosso last week, when replacing New Zealander Brendon Hartley for the job. According to some media reports in the UK, the unexperienced Spaniard will be fielded by STR in the remaining rounds of the 2009 season to get used to Formula One racing for a full-time spot next year.

Alguersuari's chances of making a full-time campaign in 2010 are presumably backed by Spanish oil company Repsol, as reported by Marca sports newspaper in mid-March. The Spanish company will likely join efforts with the Faenza based team starting next year, as an official sponsor.
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