Alguersuari & Schumacher to race karts

Unable to find a race seat for his F1 return, Jaime Alguersuari has signed up for a season of kart racing.

Spain’s El Confidencial reports that the former Toro Rosso driver will combine his continuing role as Pirelli test driver with a seat in the powerful KZ kart category of the European championship.

“The truth is that I miss competition and so I will compete in what most resembles a Formula One car,” said the 22-year-old. “I don’t know if I will return to formula one but I don’t want to believe that my career is over at twenty two,” added Alguersuari.

It has also emerged that the newly re-retired Michael Schumacher is returning to kart racing, and will contest the WSK Euro Series race at Ialy’s La Conca circuit for Tony Kart.

Curiously, one of his competitors this weekend will be Max Verstappen, the 15-year-old son of his former Benetton teammate, Dutchman Jos Verstappen.

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Alguersuari decries F1 seat ‘auction’

As the F1 world looks set to race on without him, Jaime Alguersuari has decried a sport whose seats are now sold to the highest bidder.

Accepting that his hopes of returning in 2013 are dashed, the former Toro Rosso driver revealed that he had talks with a team this year that ultimately decided to sign a different driver. In a statement issued by his management, Alguersuari indicated he will keep working with Pirelli instead.

“I have been convinced most of the 2012 season that my seat was secured in a team that usually scores,” said the Spaniard. “They did tell me and I believed it to be true.”

However, it “has not happened,” the 22-year-old acknowledged, adding that F1 in the pay-driver era has “become an auction”.

But he has not given up hope completely, insisting he is “convinced” he deserves a place on the grid even though the only Spanish sponsor that considers F1 a “profitable and sustainable business” is Ferrari’s Santander.

Another former F1 driver, Martin Brundle, said the fact economics are locking talented names out of the sport is “sad” but simply “the business” of grand prix racing.

“They all had their chances to shine,” the vetearn of 158 grands prix told broadcaster Sky’s F1 Show. “Maybe that sounds a bit brutal, but they had their chances to shine,” he added, also referring to the newly-ousted talents including Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen and Kamui Kobayashi.

“Just like when I got kicked out of F1, you had your chances, nothing else was there and it’s about the fresh blood,” said Brundle.

Instead, the Briton said he is looking forward to watching newcomers like Max Chilton, Giedo van der Garde, Luiz Razia, Esteban Gutierrez, Valtteri Bottas and others try to prove themselves.

“I looked at Gutierrez (at the Jerez test) and thought ‘how’s he going to go?’,” Brundle said. “If it had been Kobayashi, you’d pretty much know how he was going to go — he’d be amazing from time to time, pull off a few great overtakes, and be on the missing list for the rest of the season.”

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Zanardi, Alguersuari, Senna linked with DTM move

Three well-known F1 names are being linked with the premier German touring car championship DTM.

When former F1 and Champ Car driver Alex Zanardi recently tested a modified hand-controlled BMW, the 46-year-old played down suggestions his next project could be a DTM race seat. But Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said there is a chance the popular Italian will soon be chosen by BMW.

“Who will drive the eighth BMW M3 DTM in the coming season will be announced at a later date,” a spokesman is quoted as saying.

Former Toro Rosso driver and 2012 Pirelli tester Jaime Alguersuari has also been linked with the seat. And Portuguese reports say 2012 Williams driver Bruno Senna, who has been replaced for 2013 by Valtteri Bottas, did some test laps at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz DTM car at the Estoril circuit at the beginning of this week.

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Alguersuari says 2013 plans revealed ‘very soon’

Jaime Alguersuari says his plans for the 2013 season will be announced “very soon”.

Recently, the former Toro Rosso racer and current Pirelli tester told his supporters that he was confident he would return to the grid next season. He told them the plans would be revealed “soon”.

A reader of Spain’s sports daily AS asked Alguersuari, 22, if ‘soon’ had now come and gone. The reader told the music-loving driver that if he was in charge at McLaren, he would have signed him to replace Lewis Hamilton.

“But apparently without billionaire sponsors, it’s impossible,” the reader said.

Alguersuari responded: “Ha ha, thanks! I will reveal my plans for 2013 to all my fans very soon. Thank you for your support.”

Force India is tipped to announce the identity of Paul di Resta’s new teammate for 2013 this weekend in Brazil.

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Alguersuari offers ‘notebook of secrets’ to 2013 team

Jaime Alguersuari hopes his “little notebook” can help him mount a return to the Formula One grid for 2013.

Spain’s El Confidencial publication said the former Toro Rosso driver is eyeing the vacancy that has just opened up at Force India. There are plenty of other suitors for the job, but Alguersuari thinks his role as F1 tyre supplier Pirelli’s main test driver gives him an edge.

Indeed, with his thousands of kilometres of running in Pirelli’s Renault test car this year now over, Alguersuari is reportedly still clocking up miles on the 2013 tyres in the Dallara simulator.

“It’s very important,” the 22-year-old said, “because if you change the structure and the compound and the profile of the tyres, the more practice you have the better.”

The very first chance Alguersuari’s rivals will get to sample the 2013 Pirellis will not be until first practice in Brazil late next month.

“I’ve done the equivalent distance of eleven grands prix this year,” he explained, “testing hundreds of sets of tyres, which gives you extra confidence to understand their behaviour in the temperature ranges, balance and durability. At home I have my little notebook with all the secrets for next year,” added Alguersuari.

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Alguersuari: New challenges and goals for 2013

Jaime Alguersuari is preparing to announce his plans for 2013, having wrapped up his on-track duties as Pirelli test driver.

“New challenges, new goals. Follow me very soon,” the slogan on the former Toro Rosso racer’s official website reads.

The 22-year-old has just concluded his last Pirelli test, at Paul Ricard in France.

“I hope above all that all my knowledge and experience from this year can be transferred to competition next year. Soon you will know exactly what is my programme for next year,” Alguersuari is quoted by Mundo Deportivo newspaper.

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Alguersuari to skip 2012 races to regain fitness

Jaime Alguersuari has given another clear sign that he is set to return to competitive F1 action next year.

After losing his Toro Rosso seat at the end of last year, the 22-year-old Spaniard has been Pirelli’s main tyre tester. Alguersuari has also been coming to all the grands prix as a co-commentator for British radio, but he has announced that he will not be at the next four races in Japan, Korea, India and Abu Dhabi.

“It (the absences) had been planned for some time,” he told the BBC. “It’s better for me to prepare for next year, to keep my training up, as I’m sure I will be back driving in F1.”

Alguersuari said he will return to the commentary booth for the final two races of the season, in Austin and Brazil. Apparently having found some sponsors, he is linked with a return next year with Sauber or Force India.

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