Jaime Alguersuari has been named as the official test driver for F1’s sole tyre supplier Pirelli. He joins the Brazilian Lucas di Grassi as they aiming to help Pirelli to develop on new compounds for 2013 and also for the exisiting season on progress.
Jaime, the youngest ever F1 driver was in points seven times last season driving for Toro Rosso. Despite a thriving season he was dropped from the team along with his team-mate Sebastian Buemi who serves as test driver for Red Bull. The Spaniard believes that his new role would put him stay close to F1
“I have a huge desire to get behind the wheel of an F1 car again and return to competition so this is a brilliant chance for me,” the 22-year-old said.
Ex-virgin driver Lucas and he will undergo four tests starting from may on venues such as Jerez, Spa, Monza and Barcelona. Di Grassi was the only driver testing for them last season – using Toyota team’s 2009 car. GP2 testing and simulator development are other areas they would focuss on for Pirelli.
“I’m very happy indeed to have this fantastic opportunity,” said Jaime. “A week ago it was my birthday, when I turned 22, and now Pirelli has given me the best possible present.”
They will drive a Renault R30 from 2010 for assessing tyre nature and performance characteristics. Pirelli’s motorsport director, Paul Hembery, stated that, the new role would definitely help nurture their own talents behind the wheel and a better opportunity to make a return to F1 like their former drivers Nick Heidfeld, Romain Grosjean and Pedro de la Rossa.