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Ask the Expert - Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari 01 Sep 2009

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Valencia Spain, Saturday, 22 August 2009 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Saturday, 29 August 2009 (L to R): Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso and Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso  on the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Belgian Grand Prix, Race Day, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, 30 August 2009 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, Hungarian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Budapest, Hungary, Saturday, 25 July 2009 Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Carlin Motorsport Dallara Mercedes celebrates his championship win. British Formula 3 Championship, Rd21 & Rd22, Donington Park, England, 11-12 October 2008.

At what race and in which year did Fernando Alonso score his first victory? How many Formula One points have Toro Rosso scored? Which buildings in Barcelona were designed by renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi? And the Panoramabar in Berlin is a top venue for which type of music?

These are just some of the questions we thought Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari would take in his stride after he agreed to be the latest participant in our personal trivia test, ‘Ask the Expert’...

Q: You won the British Formula Three championship last season. Which driver did you inherit the title from?
Jaime Alguersuari:
Marko Asmer
Correct

Q: One of your sporting heroes is tennis star Rafael Nadal. Why couldn't he defend his 2008 Wimbledon title this year?
JA:
He had an injury. I guess it was his knee.
Correct

Q: You are the first driver born in the nineties to land a Formula One race seat. But which driver and which team won the world championships in 1990?
JA:
Ayrton Senna in a McLaren
Correct

Q: The only other Spaniard to grace the current F1 grid is the illustrious Fernando Alonso. At what race and in which year did Alonso score his first victory?
JA:
I am pretty solid on the career of Fernando. It was the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2003.
Correct

Q: You won the British F3 championship last year. Which other current F1 driver or drivers have won this series?
JA:
Jenson or Rubens. It must have been one of those two.
Half a mark - it was Rubens Barrichello in 1991.

Q: Apart from Fernando Alonso, just five other Spaniards have scored F1 points. Can you name them?
JA:
Marc Gene, Pedro de la Rosa, Luis Perez-Sala. That's all I can remember.
Three points from a possible five - the five and their points tallies are Pedro de la Rosa (29), Marc Gene (5), Luis Perez-Sala (1), Paco Godia (6) and Alfonso de Portago (4).

Q: Your father, also called Jaime, was a racer. How many points did he score in his Moto 50 career?
JA:
I have no idea.
Incorrect - it was eight.

Q: You are a confirmed golf fan, but can you name the two Spanish golfers to win PGA tournaments this year?
JA:
I can only come up with one name: Sergio Garcia.
Just one point - the other was Alvaro Quiros.

Q: You deputised for the injured Mark Webber at last year's Race of Champions and got knocked out in the first round by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards. Who beat Edwards into second place in last year's NASCAR Sprint Cup series?
JA:
Jimmie Johnson
Correct

Q: At the same event you were paired with bike racer Troy Bayliss in the All-Stars team for the Nations Cup. What country is Bayliss from, and how many World Superbike titles did he win in his career?
JA:
He's from Australia and my guess is three.
Correct

Q: Prior to the 2009 European Grand Prix, how many Formula One points have Toro Rosso scored?
JA:
Shame on me, but I cannot answer that.
Incorrect - it's actually 53.

Q: You finished eighth in last year's prestigious F3 Masters event. Where did your Red Bull stablemate Brendan Hartley finish?
JA:
Fifth
Correct

Q: You were born in Barcelona, which is famous as the home of several works by renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Can you name three of his buildings in the city?
JA:
That's an easy one: Sagrada Familia, Casa Mila, Park Guell, Casa Batllo
Correct - he could have also mentioned Bellesguard's Tower, Casa Calvet or Casa Vicens.

Q: Barcelona used to stage a Grand Prix within its famous Montjuich Park. When was the last race there, and who won it?
JA:
Must have been in the mid seventies, but no idea who won.
We think that deserves a point - it was the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix, won by Jochen Mass.

Q: You are a keen DJ, but what record is widely-acknowledged to feature the first-ever scratching?
JA:
Scratching is not my thing. No hip-hop music.
Incorrect - it's believed to be Grandmaster Flash's, 'Adventure On the Wheels of Steel'

Q: Ove the summer break you enjoyed a holiday in Ibiza and have recently raced in Valencia. How far away from the city is the Spanish island?
JA:
Around 80 kilometres
That's close enough for us - it's 79 kilometres.

Q: What is your team mate Sebastien Buemi's best Formula One result?
JA:
Eighth?
Incorrect - it was seventh at the 2009 Australian Grand Prix.

Q: Your team principal Franz Tost competed in two racing series in his younger days. Can you name either of the two?
JA:
You will be surprised, but I know that one. Formula Three and Formula Ford.
Correct

Q: The Panoramabar in Berlin is a top venue for which type of music, which you claim to be a fan of?
JA:
Ah, that question is for me - it's tech house music.
Correct

Q: Faenza is obviously the home of Toro Rosso. But what is the city's other famous export?
JA:
Ceramics?
Correct - majolica pottery, to be precise.

Final score: 22.5 points from a possible 31
Ask the Expert rating: 73%

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