Buemi and Alguersuari to stay at Toro Rosso for 2011 15 Jul 2010
Team principal Franz Tost has revealed Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi will continue to drive for Toro Rosso next season. Buemi has been racing with the Italian squad since the start of 2009, while Alguersuari replaced Sebastien Bourdais at the team in July last year.
I believe our drivers will be well prepared for 2011, which is why they are both confirmed for next year, explained Tost. It is also logical, because one key role of Scuderia Toro Rosso is to bring on young drivers from the Red Bull Young Driver programme and at the ages of 21 and 20 respectively, both Seb and Jaime certainly still meet the right criteria.
Buemi was Red Bull Racing's reserve driver in 2008 and has been supported by the Austrian drinks company as a member of its Young Driver programme since 2005. He first tested for Red Bull in 2007, whilst racing in the Formula Three Euroseries. In 2006, he competed in Formula Three, Formula Renault and the F3 Euroseries, while in 2005 he raced in the Formula BMW series, finishing the season second overall after winning seven events.
Barcelona-born Alguersuari also made his way through the ranks of Red Bulls Young Driver programme. He clinched the British Formula Three championship in 2008 and was competing in the World Series by Renault when he landed his Formula One drive last season. When he took to the track at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, he became the youngest-ever driver in the history of the Formula One world championship.
Buemi is currently 14th in the drivers standings with a tally of seven points, while Alguersuari is 16th with three points.