Jaime Alguersuari hopes his best ever qualifying performance will stop the speculation about his future in formula one.
With Red Bull’s next up-and-comers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne knocking loudly on the door at Toro Rosso, driver manager Helmut Marko has said he will only consider the 2012 lineup after the end of this season.
Spaniard Alguersuari, still just 21, qualified on the back of the third row at Spa-Francorchamps, five places ahead of his Swiss teammate Sebastien Buemi.
“I hope now that all the people (reporters) stop asking me about this nonsense,” he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, referring to the constant speculation about his future.
Another boost to Alguersuari’s future could be the reported title sponsorship deal between Toro Rosso and Abu Dhabi’s petroleum investment company (IPIC), with links to Spanish oil brand Cepsa.
AS sports newspaper reports that Alguersuari has even been in direct contact recently with Khadem Abdulla Al-Qubaisi, the managing director of IPIC.
Said Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost: “Both our drivers performed very well throughout the (Spa) weekend.”