As widely expected Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed Jaime Alguersuari as a replacement for Sebastien Bourdais. Team’s official website informs that Alguersuari’s Formula One debut will be this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix. This will make Alguersuari the youngest ever driver in the 59-year history of the Formula One World Championship.
This will not be easy debut. Alguersuari has only very limited experience in F1 car and the testing bans means that the young Spanish driver will have to learn on Fridays and Saturdays of GP weekends. Here is what Franz Tost says:
“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.
“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.”
This suggests that the team plans to use Alguersuari for more than just one race.