Official! Toro Rosso Confirms Jaime Alguersuari as Race Driver

It is now confirmed! Jaime Alguersuari has officially been named race driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso for the remaining rounds of the 2009 Formula One season. What has been rumored in the international media during the course of the last few weeks has been confirmed by the Faenza based outfit in less than 5 days. The Spaniard will therefore replace departed Sebastien Bourdais in the STR4, alongside rookie Sebastien Buemi.

And there's another good news for the driver who is set to become the youngest racer to compete in Formula One – at only 19 years, 4 months and one day of age – next weekend, at the Hungaroring. According to the team's boss Franz Tost, the Spanish teenager is not being expected from too much during his first 3 outings in the Formula One car.

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,” said Tost.

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,” added the Austrian official.

Alguersuari, on the other hand, expressed his gratitude towards the STR outfit and reckoned it will be difficult for him to adjust to F1 racing without any prior testing of the STR4.

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,” said the Spaniard.

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.”
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