Formula One Fantasy - Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari 17 May 2011
Toro Rossos Jaime Alguersuari must have felt like he was dreaming back in 2009 when, aged just 19, he became the youngest driver in the history of the Formula One world championship. Almost two years later, Alguersuari is still living the dream and will compete in front of his home crowd at this weekends Spanish round. But theres still plenty left on his F1 fantasy wish list, including playing team manager to Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, having the chance to race in Mexico City, and celebrating his first world title in Ibiza
Q: You must choose a city for a new Formula One street circuit - which city, anywhere in the world, do you choose, and why?
Jaime Alguersuari: Mexico City. I love Mexico. It must have something to do with the Latin-Mediterranean life philosophy. The people there are fantastic and of course they speak Spanish. They have a long history of being Formula One fans, so one day I would like to race there.
Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
JA: Sebastian Vettel. There is much to learn from him. At the moment he is the best driver on the grid - and if you could beat him you would be even better than him!
Q: Formula One innovations of the past - ground effect, active suspension, turbocharging, six wheels, the list goes on. If you could bring back one past innovation, what would it be and why?
JA: A more powerful engine! That would be my personal wish. But then Formula One is about innovation and introducing new things, so its hard to say which way would be the best to follow.
Q: What innovations would you like to see in the future?
JA: Maybe electric engines. I can see myself one day driving an electric Formula One car. Why not!
Q: You can only drive at one circuit for the rest of your life - which circuit, past or present from anywhere in the world, do you choose?
JA: Suzuka. It has the best possible sectors and lots of different kinds of corners. It is amazing. You have high-speed corners, you have long straights and low-speed places. It is great for drivers.
Q: Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Tyrrell, March are just some of the teams that have departed the sport. Which former team would you most liked to have raced with and why?
JA: Very likely Brabham. They were always very innovative.
Q: You have to design a new F1 circuit, combining all your favourite corners from other tracks around the world. Which three corners are top of your list and why?
JA: Spas Eau Rouge, Istanbul Parks Turn Eight and the last big last corner on the Valencia street circuit.
Q: You can travel back in time and compete in any Formula One era. When would you choose and why?
JA: Maybe I would go back to only six or seven years ago. But probably I would choose today, as it is the safest time in Formula One racing. There are also a lot of incredible guys racing at the moment.
Q: What current Formula One regulation would you most like to change and why?
JA: I would maybe like to bring back a bit more testing. Testing is a tool that helps you improve the car and it would definitely help rookie drivers. I know that this would probably not be a very popular change with the teams but I think we youngsters would love it.
Q: If you could pick two Formula One greats of the past to watch race against each other, who would you pick?
JA: Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. That was the pinnacle of personal competition and a real clash of philosophies.
Q: If you were a team boss, which current driver would you pick first for your team (excluding yourself and your current team mate)?
JA: Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. I know it didnt work out in the past, but it could probably work out now.
Q: Just 19 of the worlds motor racing circuits feature on the current F1 calendar. You can add one more. Which circuit do you pick and why?
JA: Imola. It was the scene of my first victory in a single-seater race and it is one of my favourite tracks. It is demanding and every lap strikes a chord with your body and your heart.
Q: You are having a dinner party and can invite four people from the world of motorsport, past or present. Who do you invite?
JA: I wouldnt go back in time and would like to keep it very personal. Id say Felipe Massa - hes a good friend of mine, Carlos Checa - a Spanish bike rider, Marc Gene and his brother Jordi.
Q: You are given the chance to drive any legendary Formula One car of the past (excluding those made by your own team). Which car would you choose?
JA: Ayrton Sennas McLaren.
Q: Rooftop swimming pool, bowling alley, revolving sushi bar - just some of the features most F1 motorhomes dont possess. If you could add one thing to your teams motorhome, what would it be?
JA: Music. Sometimes it is a bit too corporate. I have heard they played music in the past in some of the motorhomes. Why did they decided to skip it I dont understand. I think it would make the paddock environment livelier.
Q: (Imagine) you have just won the world title. Where would you go for your celebratory meal and what would choose from the menu?
JA: I would go to Ibiza, organise a really big party and order a big bottle of champagne for my guests.
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