‘I see his angry face’ – a former Red Bull sponsor due to his F1 nightmares

Former Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Jaime Al-Grosso says he still has a “shock” from his time as a potential Red Bull driver that manifests in nightmares – although he feels “outstanding” and “lucky” to have had the support of Red Bull’s career path functional.

Alguersuari became the youngest driver ever to start an F1 race in 2009 at Hungaroring, having been brought in mid-season to replace Sebastien Bourdais at Toro Rosso.

What followed was two and a half years in which it offered somewhat stiff competition to Sebastien Buemi, but when Red Bull decided that neither driver would be a viable long-term option for its main uniform, the pair were cut in favor of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

Alguersuari has sometimes been linked with a F1 comeback, with the likes of HRT or Sauber, and has found a temporary home in Formula E. However it didn’t last a full season in the latter, he withdrew after what has since been described as a coma. A ring amid a rather modest campaign.


Formula E reporter Sam Smith talks about the FE period at Alguersuari

As a teammate of Sam Bird at Virgin Racing, Alguersuari has struggled to fit in with Formula E and despite a decent fourth place in Buenos Aires, he simply appeared to have lost interest in racing altogether, regardless of a new discipline such as Formula E.

By the Berlin race in May, Vergne was actively chasing Jean-Eric Vergne to replace Alguersuari, and when he struggled with an unspecified health issue and his racing license was temporarily suspended, it ended up having any chance of him continuing.


He called time in his racing career completely at that point, focusing on his pursuits as a DJ – but now that he’s 32, he’s back to compete on the karting scene.

Speaking to Spanish outlet El Confidencial, Alguersuari admitted he was “lucky to have Red Bull helped him for so many years”, but stressed he was “full of conceit and prickly” in his time in F1.

He struggled hard to make peace after Red Bull cut him off. “You made me childish,” he said. And although he feels he has changed, he can still feel the impact of being in the pressure cooker from Red Bull.

“I tell you something,” he said, “When I sleep, I still have very strange dreams at the time.” “Especially with regard to impotence and the frustration of never doing it, of seeing Mr. [Helmut] Marco is always angry, tells us to get out. As if we are children.

“This has come as a shock – and I am convinced that Boemi and many others are going through it as well.

“I couldn’t erase this. I finished treatment, when I retired many psychiatrists helped me…Now, however, strange things come into my head. And sometimes you wake up, like crying, having dreamed of doing a great tour only to see Mr. Marco’s face angry.”

Marco, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, has a stern reputation, although he has plenty of those who respect his approach even among the outcasts of the junior program he oversaw.

Formula 1 Grand Prix, Brazil, Sunday race

It is believed that Marko was in no way the driving force behind Alguersuari’s departure from Toro Rosso, but it was a decision taken above his level – something confirmed by Alguersuari’s claim that Marko told him “I can’t do anything” when talking to the Spaniard about his exit.

It is also believed that what Red Bull saw as a difficult situation at times for Alguersuari during his time in Formula One – something he alluded to in the interview – was a key factor in the fact that Buemi, not him, was chosen to remain in Red Bull’s reserve.

However, Alguersuari sees the disdain as a sign that Red Bull wasn’t entirely convinced of its fit with his mold – something he believes also applies to fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who was released to McLaren in 2019.

“Red Bull wants to find drivers in the middle of a lake – unknown, neither their family and friends, who rely solely on Red Bull. It wasn’t the case for the driver whose father was a championship promoter on the ladder to Formula 1. [Jaime Alguersuari Sr oversaw the now-defunct World Series by Renault]And that was not the case for Carlos [whose father is a two-time World Rally champion]. ”

However, this is likely to be countered by the fact that Red Bull’s current lead driver is Max Verstappen, himself the son of a former Grand Prix racer.

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