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Posted by on Jul 21, 2009 in Random | 6 comments

Young Spaniard Earns His F1 Wings

Jaime Alguersuari: Red Bull Racing will give him the youngest set of Formula 1 wings ever [Pic source: wikipedia.com/jaimealguersuari] His name is Jaime Alguersuari. He is just 19 years old. And this weekend he will become the youngest driver ever to take part in a Formula One race. He will fill the seat in the Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso vacated by the axed Sebastian Bourdais at this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Barcelona native, the 2008 British Formula 3 champion, came up through Red Bull’s young driver program and replaces Bourdais 10 races into the 2009 F1 season. He joins Sebastien Buemi, who is also a youngster at just 20 years old. Together, they will make up the youngest driver team line-up on the starting grid.

Alguersuari takes over the “youngest F1 driver” accolade from New Zealand’s Mike Thackwell, beating his record by 58 days. Thackwell debuted for Tyrrell at the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix aged 19 years and 183 days.

“I am aware that I’m facing a very tough challenge, because coming into Formula One is never easy, coming into Formula One in the middle of a season is even harder and doing so without any testing is really difficult,” he said.

“But already I feel that I am getting great support from the team, who have quite a reputation for looking after rookie drivers.”

The National – Online Edition

It’s clearly going to be a tough job for the youngster, and with the eyes and attentions of the F1 community on him, it will only be tougher. We just hope that he is not being set up to fail, like the man he is replacing. Bourdais came into F1 last year with much fanfare, a string of Champ Car titles to his name, and a whole lot of promise. It clearly didn’t do much for him.

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6 Comments

  1. Big step up from CHAMP cars to F1 Bourdais is a better driver than what he has shown.

    Mental strength is key in F1.

  2. Just what F1 needs – another bleeding Spaniard! A teenage one at that! 2009 going down in the F1 books as its "Annus Horribilis"!

  3. <cite>Annus Horribilis?</cite> Interesting way of looking at things…

  4. Hey, now is the blogworld flucking with my mind????

    Did you also change things upside down or is my pc shot from the 24.com LETTERSMASH?

  5. It's all in your mind Kev! And yes, THEY are out to get you!!!

    Actually have been playing with the template a bit. Still a bunch of tweaking to do… Like it?

    Just mailed you with access info – go post!

  6. Just saw the Practice 1 & Practice 2 times from Hungary. Jaime was at the bottom of both timesheets. BUT, he did put in something like 80-odd laps, and his times did improve through the sessions. At the end of P2 he wasn't the far behind Buemi.

    People worried that he's going to be "the most dangerous teenager on the road" this weekend…

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