I got the chance to interview the two Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers again. It was just after qualifying and I think Jaime Alguersuari wasn’t in too good of a mood and I could feel it when I interviewed him – his answers were brief and dripping with impatience. He was probably in a much happier mood after the race, as he was spinning at Avalon from 3-4am last night (or rather, this morning)…
Having a champion sister team with the best car on the grid does not demoralise them but instead inspire them to work harder.
Scuderia Toro Rosso drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari were part of the Red Bull Junior Team, a programme run by Austrian energy drink Red Bull in an attempt to identify potential future racing stars in open wheel racing.
The sister team of Red Bull Racing, Scuderia Toro Rosso serves as a platform to develop skills of these junior drivers for the senior team.
World Champion Sebastian Vettel was the first Red Bull Junior to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix – the Italian Grand Prix in 2008.
In 2009 he was promoted to the Red Bull Racing team alongside Mark Webber and helped the team achieve its first pole position and first race win.
Vettel also helped Red Bull Racing win its first drivers’ and constructors’ championship last year.
“We are part of the Red Bull family and seeing their great success is a real motivation for me to prove my ability and hope to make it to Red Bull Racing one day. But the main objective for me now is really to concentrate on the season and get the maximum out of each practice, qualifying and race,” said 22-year-old Swiss national Buemi.
Buemi became part of Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2008 as a test and reserve driver and is now competing in his third full season.
Alguersuari, who is only 21 years old, was the youngest driver to start a F1 race at the age of 19 years and 125 days.
He said: “Being in Toro Rosso is still being in the Red Bull family. I hope to do well and be up there in Toro Rosso. For now I just want to focus on staying in the points and finishing within the top 10.”
Toro Rosso has yet to confirm their driver line-up for the 2012 season and it has been reported that one of the two drivers might risk losing their seat to Daniel Ricciardo, who is currently loaned to the Hispania Racing Team.
“I still don’t know my future for now so I will just continue working hard and see what happens next,” said Alguersuari.