Fernando Alonso reacted coolly when asked if he is hoping fellow Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari can rescue his stalled F1 career.
Alguersuari, 21, has been axed from the Toro Rosso lineup, and will likely not return to the paddock in 2012 unless he is appointed Red Bull’s official reserve. A less likely outcome is that HRT will move to complete an all-Spanish race lineup for next season by putting Alguersuari alongside Pedro de la Rosa.
“I’m not bothered if Jaime is going to HRT or not,” Ferrari driver Alonso, who is not friends with Alguersuari, is quoted by Spanish reporters. “About his departure I have no strong opinion. I don’t know how he worked with the team or if they were happy with their drivers or not.
“I’m surprised because they have changed both drivers at once and teams need continuity, but I was also surprised about Sutil (losing his seat at Force India). I think Toro Rosso and Red Bull have many young drivers and only two (Toro Rosso) seats so maybe they felt the need to try some others.”