Alguersuari retires from racing aged 25
1 October 2015 – Former Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari has announced that he has retired from motor-racing at the age of 25.
As a Red Bull junior Alguersuari claimed the British Formula 3 title in 2008 and competed in Formula Renault 3.5 the follow year, before he was called up to race in Formula 1 for Toro Rosso.
Then aged 19, Alguersuari became the youngest Formula 1 driver, a record which was broken by Max Verstappen in 2015.
Alguersuari continued with Toro Rosso until the end of 2011, claiming a best of seventh in Italy and Korea en-route to 14th in the championship.
However, Alguersuari was dropped by Red Bull and was left to collect a test driver role with tyre supplier Pirelli, though he was unable to find a route back into the sport.
Alguersuari raced for Virgin in the inaugural Formula E championship but fainted following the Moscow round and missed the season finale in London.
Alguersuari stressed during a news conference on Thursday that his retirement was down to a lack of motivation, rather than any underlying health concerns.
"I need a change," said Alguersuari during a press conference in Madrid. "I've lost my love for this girlfriend. I'm 25 and I've decided to start a new chapter.
"Nowadays I don't belong in racing, but I can't say it's the end either."