Alguersuari Not Confirmed for 2010

A couple of days to the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix, all eyes are set on Spanish teenager Jaime Alguersuari. The 19-year old will this weekend become the youngest driver to start an F1 race, after being appointed race driver for Toro Rosso for the remainder of the 2009 season.

As revealed by team manager Franz Tost the other day, there will be no pressure whatsoever on Alguersuari for the upcoming 3 races of the season, as nobody actually expects the Spaniard to perform at full speed in his first few outings in the series. He will use these 3 next racing weekends to gain experience and be able to challenge for points (maybe) in the final stages of 2009.

I do not expect anything from him for at least his first three races,” said Tost earlier this week.

The Spaniard himself admitted that he is not prepared to challenge for the top spots in Formula One, as he hasn't undergone any concluding tests on the STR4 prior to his debut in Hungary. While confident that he is “a bet for the future”, Alguersuari confirmed that nothing has been settled for the 2010 season.

There is no pressure, I am here (in 2009) to learn. The first race will be the most difficult of all. We will speak about next year later. I assume that I am a bet for the future,” said Alguersuari in an interview with El Mundo newspaper on Tuesday.

It's a well-known fact that Spanish oil company Repsol and banking group La Caixa are backing their fellow countryman for the remaining rounds of the 2009 season, but did not confirm whether they'll continue their financial agreement with Toro Rosso after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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