Jaime Alguersuari

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Alguersuari and the second or maternal family name is Escudero.
Jaime Alguersuari
Jaime Alguersuari Canada 2010 cropped.jpg
Alguersuari at the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1990-03-23) 23 March 1990 (age 24)
Barcelona, Spain
2014 Formula E
Debut season 2014
Current team Virgin Racing
Car no.
Starts 0
Championships 0
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 0 in 0
Finished last season 0
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 20092011
Teams Toro Rosso
Races 46
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 31
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
Last race 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix

Jaime Víctor Alguersuari Escudero[1] (Spanish: [ˈxaime alɣerˈswaɾi]; born 23 March 1990 in Barcelona, Spain), also known as Jaume Alguersuari (Catalan: [ˈʒawmə əɫɣərsuˈaɾi]),[2][3] is a Spanish racing driver best known for competing in Formula One between 2009 and 2011,[4] and for being the 2008 British Formula Three champion.[5][6] He is the son of Jaime Alguersuari, Sr., a former motorcyclist and racing driver.

Alguersuari became the youngest Formula One driver to start a Grand Prix in history at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix – at the age of 19 years, 125 days[7] – and in the process, became the first driver to be born in the 1990s to compete in Formula One.[8] After losing his drive with the Toro Rosso team in late 2011,[9] Alguersuari joined British radio station BBC Radio 5 Live to be their expert summariser for the 2012 Formula One season, alongside lead commentator James Allen.[10]

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Alguersuari began his formula racing career, in the Italian Formula 1600 Junior Series, in 2005.[11] In 2006, he won the Italian Formula Renault Winter Series,[12] before finishing as runner-up to Mika Mäki in the main championship the following year.[13]

Formula Three[edit]

Alguersuari driving for Carlin Motorsport at the Croft round of the 2008 British Formula Three season

He moved up to the British Formula Three Championship for 2008, driving for the Carlin Motorsport alongside team-mates Brendon Hartley, Oliver Turvey and Sam Abay. After a season-long battle between Alguersuari, Hartley, Turvey and Sergio Pérez, Alguersuari won the final three races of the season to clinch the championship.[5] He thus became the youngest title winner in championship history, aged 18 years and 203 days. He also deputised for the injured Mark Webber in the 2008 Race of Champions event at the Wembley Stadium in December 2008.[14]

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

He competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2009, continuing with the Carlin team and with Turvey once again as his team-mate.[15] At the time of his move to Formula One mid-season, he was eighth in the championship, with one podium finish, and was the second-highest rookie driver in the standings behind Turvey. Despite his promotion to an F1 race seat, he carried on in FR3.5.[16] A week after his Formula One debut, Alguersuari returned to the series at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, and scored both his first pole,[17] and his first victory in the series.[18] His 27-point haul for the weekend moved him from eighth to third in the championship standings.[19] Alguersuari eventually ended up sixth,[20] dropping from third in the final race.

Formula One (2009–2011)[edit]

Scuderia Toro Rosso[edit]

2009[edit]
Alguersuari driving for Toro Rosso at the 2009 Italian Grand Prix

Alguersuari took over the role of reserve driver for the Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One teams from fellow Red Bull Junior driver Brendon Hartley in the second half of the 2009 Formula One season.[21] Less than two weeks later, race driver Sébastien Bourdais left the Toro Rosso team after the 2009 German Grand Prix and Alguersuari was immediately expected to be his successor, despite the lack of an official confirmation.[22][23] Four days later, Toro Rosso announced that Alguersuari would drive for the team at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.[24] He became the youngest ever Formula One driver at the age of 19 years and 125 days, breaking the record previously held by Mike Thackwell. He became only the seventh teenager to start a Grand Prix.[25] Qualifying in last place following a mechanical problem, he finished the race in fifteenth, one place ahead of his teammate Sébastien Buemi. Through the rest of the season, he had little success, with his best result coming at the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he managed 14th place. At the remaining 8 races, he only finished 3 of them and retired in the other 5.[citation needed] During the season he also had a huge crash in the Japanese Grand Prix while he was attempting to chase for his first points.[26]

2010[edit]
Alguersuari driving for Toro Rosso at the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix, in which he scored his first World Championship points

Toro Rosso retained Alguersuari for the 2010 season,[27] starting with a career-best finishes of thirteenth in Bahrain and eleventh in Australia including 22 laps battling with the 7 time world champion Michael Schumacher. In Malaysia one week later, Alguersuari scored his first ever Formula One points with a ninth-placed finish. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost praised Alguersuari's performance, saying the Spaniard "drove a fantastic race".[28] Alguersuari then scored another point after finishing tenth at his home Grand Prix. In May, Alguersuari visited the Dominican Republic with his Red Bull team and became one of the first drivers to ever drive a Formula 1 vehicle on the beaches there.[29] In the next 14 races, he only had one more points finish, at the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi.[citation needed]

2011[edit]
Alguersuari driving for Toro Rosso at the Canadian Grand Prix, where he finished eighth

Toro Rosso confirmed that Alguersuari was to be retained alongside Sébastien Buemi for the 2011 season.[30] After finishing the first two races outside the points, Alguersuari qualified inside the top ten for the first time in Formula One, with a seventh place grid start in China.[31] Two 16th places and a retirement followed in the next three races, before taking his best Formula One placing of eighth at the Canadian Grand Prix, and then matching that at the European Grand Prix. These results came at a crucial time for Alguersuari, with Daniel Ricciardo being linked to replace Alguersuari for the 2012 season.[32] Alguersuari finished tenth at the British Grand Prix, giving him a run of three consecutive point scoring finishes. He qualified a career best 6th at the Belgian Grand Prix before being forced to retire during the race after a first corner collision with Bruno Senna. Alguersuari finished in seventh place at the Italian Grand Prix, improving upon his previous best of two eighth places earlier in the season. He crashed out on the penultimate lap in Singapore, but was classified in 21st place. In Korea, Alguersuari finished seventh after passing Nico Rosberg on the final lap, and added another eighth place finish in India.

Following the last race of the season in Brazil, Alguersuari won the Desafio Internacional das Estrelas karting event, organised by Felipe Massa.[33] On 14 December 2011, Toro Rosso announced that Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne would be the team's drivers in 2012, replacing Alguersuari and Buemi.[34]

Formula E[edit]

Virgin (2014/15)[edit]

Alguersuari commented by 2013 that he wouldn´t be trying to return to Formula 1. The same week he contested a round of CIK-FIA KZ, one of the world´s most important karting championships.[35] Later, he became part of the Formula E Drivers' Club, as he can be picked by any of the 9 remaining teams to race with them.[36] In March 2014, Alguersuari announced that he will compete with Virgin Racing.

DJ career[edit]

In addition to driving racing cars, Alguersuari has his own recording studio in Barcelona,[37] and is well known in Spain as a DJ, under the stage name Squire.[38] Alguersuari headlined the 2010 Barcelona Music Conference and has played sets at clubs including Amnesia in Ibiza.[39] His debut album Organic Life was released by Blanco y Negro Records on 14 September 2011,[40] and topped the iTunes album chart five days after its release.[41]

"I'm a Formula One driver but I have another thing in my life, and that is music. It's obviously quite strange to see a Formula One driver having another life but this is who I am. I've always said it's important to follow your instincts: I love music and racing doesn't interfere with that. I love to close the door and produce, compose, play music, listen to music. I couldn't live without it, just as I couldn't live without racing."[42]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 Formula Junior 1600 Italia Tomcat Racing 12 2 2  ? 4 160 3rd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Epsilon Euskadi 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2006 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Cram Competition 15 0 0 0 1 56 10th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 1 24 12th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Winter Series 4 4 4 3 4 142 1st
2007 Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Epsilon Red Bull Team 14 3 3 2 7 266 2nd
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 2 67 5th
2008 British F3 Championship Carlin Motorsport 22 5 6 5 12 251 1st
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 8th
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
Spanish F3 Championship GTA Motor Competición 8 3 2 1 4 60 7th
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 1 1 1 3 88 6th
Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 8 0 0 0 0 0 24th
2010 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 5 19th
2011 Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso 19 0 0 0 0 26 14th

As Alguersuari was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.

Complete British Formula Three results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2008 Carlin Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes OUL
1

Ret
OUL
2

1
CRO
1

6
CRO
2

5
MON
1

12
MON
2

6
ROC
1

3
ROC
2

2
SNE
1

2
SNE
2

3
THR
1

Ret
THR
2

3
BRH
1

1
BRH
2

4
SPA
1

3
SPA
2

4
SIL
1

5
SIL
2

6
BUC
1

3
BUC
2

1
DON
1

1
DON
2

1
1st 251

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Carlin Motorsport CAT
SPR

5
CAT
FEA

16†
SPA
SPR

10
SPA
FEA

6
MON
FEA

6
HUN
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

16
SIL
SPR

6
SIL
FEA

9
BUG
SPR

4
BUG
FEA

3
ALG
SPR

3
ALG
FEA

1
NÜR
SPR

5
NÜR
FEA

6
ALC
SPR

8
ALC
FEA

12
6th 88

† – Retired, but classified

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 WDC Points
2009 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON TUR GBR GER HUN
15
EUR
16
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
SIN
Ret
JPN
Ret
BRA
14
ABU
Ret
24th 0
2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 BHR
13
AUS
11
MAL
9
CHN
13
ESP
10
MON
11
TUR
12
CAN
12
EUR
13
GBR
Ret
GER
15
HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA
15
SIN
12
JPN
11
KOR
11
BRA
11
ABU
9
19th 5
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS
11
MAL
14
CHN
Ret
TUR
16
ESP
16
MON
Ret
CAN
8
EUR
8
GBR
10
GER
12
HUN
10
BEL
Ret
ITA
7
SIN
21
JPN
15
KOR
7
IND
8
ABU
15
BRA
11
14th 26

Did not finish, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Atte Mustonen
Formula Renault Italia Winter Series
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
César Ramos
Preceded by
Marko Asmer
British Formula Three
Champion

2008
Succeeded by
Daniel Ricciardo
Preceded by
Lucas di Grassi
Desafio Internacional das Estrelas
Winner

2011
Succeeded by
Jules Bianchi
(2013)
Records
Preceded by
Mike Thackwell
19 years, 182 days
(1980 Canadian GP)
Youngest Driver to start
a Formula One race

19 years, 125 days
(2009 Hungarian Grand Prix)
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Incumbent