Alguersuari: F1 has become an auction
17 February 2013 – Jaime Alguersuari believes that Formula 1 ‘has become an auction’ in terms of trying to secure a place on the grid, with the Spaniard admitting that his hopes of landing a 2013 seat are now over after the recent driver market movements.
The former Toro Rosso man lost his place in the sport after two and a half seasons with the team at the end of 2011 and, although he was given a ‘verbal commitment’ from a points-scoring outfit for the 2013 season, the promise has been broken.
"I never imagined that after Red Bull's incomprehensible decision not to count on me in 2012, having done my best sporting season in F1 (in 2011), I would have to fight so much off the track to finally assume that in 2013 I will not be in F1," said Alguersuari.
"I assure everyone that I was convinced most of the 2012 Formula 1 season that my seat was secured in a team that usually scores. So they did tell me, and I believed it to be true. Due to this conviction I passed up other opportunities in other championships.
"Those who committed themselves with me have given me reasons that I must accept, but that I do not share. F1 has become an auction."
Alguersuari, who also thanked Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery for allowing him to carry out a number of tyre tests for the company since being dropped by Toro Rosso, says he will not yet give up on his bid to break back into the sport full-time.
"My sole dream is to drive for a team that allows me to finish in the top five," he added. "I will play my cards the best I can. Is my career over in F1 at 22-years-old? Despite everything, I strongly don't think so. I know how old I am, I know my track record, and I'm convinced that I deserve a winning car in F1. I will keep fighting for it."
Alguersuari's personal best finish in Formula 1 currently stands as seventh place, a result he achieved in both Italy and Korea during the 2011 campaign. From 46 race starts with Toro Rosso, the Barcelona-born driver picked up a total of 31 points.