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Alguersuari to hone race skills outside of Grands Prix 14 Aug 2009

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Preparations, Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, 23 July 2009 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4 on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Race, Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, 26 July 2009 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 25 July 2009

At just 19, and with just one Grand Prix under his belt, Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari is by far the least experienced driver on the Formula One grid. However, Alguersuari, who was promoted to the Italian team’s race seat after Sebastien Bourdais was released from his contract early, is determined he’ll continue to race as much as possible outside of the F1 calendar to hone his skills.

The Spaniard enjoyed an impressive debut at the Hungarian race last month, qualifying in 19th and finishing the Hungaroring race in 15th, ahead of team mate Sebastien Buemi. A week later he was back in the cockpit of his Formula Renault 3.5 car at Portugal’s Portimao track.

Driving for Carlin, as part of his Red Bull-backed young driver training programme, he took his first victory in the series from pole. In addition to his decision to continue in Formula Renault, when his Formula One schedule allows, Alguersuari has also announced he will take part in a karting championship in Italy next month.

“I will be competing in the KZI World Karting Championship in Sarno, Naples in September,” he explained. “I am only interested in learning, and learning to compete against the best. Portimao and Sarno mean the same to me, pitting myself against the best drivers right now.”

Alguersuari will be back competing against his Formula One rivals in Valencia next weekend, as the European Grand Prix gets underway in the Spanish city.