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Monday has seen Jaime Alguersuari start his first in-season test as Pirelli’s Formula 1 development driver, taking to the track at Jerez in a 2010 Renault. The Spaniard will remain in the car until the end of Wednesday before travelling back to his home city ahead of this weekend’s fifth round of the championship.
After being surprisingly dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last year, Alguersuari is working for BBC Radio 5 live in 2012, providing radio commentary alongside James Allen. Aiming to be back on the grid next year, the Spaniard is now in action at Jerez.
Moving on to Barcelona, for the first time this year Pirelli will not run consecutive Slick compounds; that is to say, from its range of Super Soft, Soft, Medium and Hard tyres, the yellow-marked Soft and silver-marked Hard will be in use.
“Barcelona is a track that is very stressful for the tyres but that’s what makes it a great experience, where you really have to think about what you are doing,” Alguersuari explains. “The choice of the Hard and the Soft compound is going to make things very exciting as degradation is likely to be high and there is a lot you can do with the strategy. Turn 3 is the place that takes the most out of the tyres, in terms of wear.”
Practice 1 begins at 10am local time on Friday and can be tracked through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report.
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