Jaime Alguersuari has expressed his frustration at not being able to find an F1 seat for 2013, despite apparently being close to a deal some months ago.
Alguersuari took the unusual step today of issuing a press statement to clarify his position, stating that he had a firm commitment from a team, but lost out for commercial reasons. He says that in the interim he turned down other opportunities.
The former Toro Rosso driver said: “I never imagined that after Red Bull’s incomprehensible decision not to count on me in 2012, having done my best sporting season in F1, I would have to fight so much outside the track to finally assume that in 2013 I will not be in F1.
“I assure everyone that I have been convinced most of the 2012 F1 season that my seat was secured in a team that usually scores. So they did tell me, and I believed it to be true.
“Due to this conviction I passed up other opportunities in other championships. I’ve looked in faith and longing that the value of my sporting career, and the verbal commitments received, would materialize with my return to F1 in 2013. This has not happened.
“Those who committed themselves with me have given me reasons that I must accept, but that I do not share. F1 has become an auction.
“My sole dream is to drive for a team that allows me to finish in the Top 5. I will play all my cards the best I can and keep betting for talent, experience and background, no need so say much more.”
Alguersuari says he’s not giving up, and will continue to log F1 mileage with Pirelli.
“Is my career over in F1 at 22 years old? Despite everything, I strongly don’t think so. By waiting for F1 I lost other interesting options, but instead I must thank Paul Hembery from Pirelli Motorsport, for his unalterable confidence placed in me, by announcing that he counts on me for the development test.
“So I will continue active in Formula One, and completing more kilometres than any third driver in this discipline.
“Although Spain’s economy is in the worst shape in our modern history, and except for the Bank of Santander, no other company considers Formula One as a profitable and sustainable business, I know how old I am, I know my track record and I’m convinced that I deserve a winning car in F1. And I will keep fighting for it.”