Alguersuari hits out at RBR
Jaime Alguersuari claims he was "hurt" by Red Bull after accusing them of going back on an agreement over his Toro Rosso race seat.
Last Updated: 07/02/12 10:45am
Jaime Alguersuari claims he was "hurt" by Red Bull after accusing them of going back on a verbal agreement over his Toro Rosso race seat.
Toro Rosso, one of two teams in Formula One owned by the drinks company, dropped the Spaniard and former team-mate Sebastien Buemi in favour of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the new season.
The decision took the axed duo by surprise and Alguersuari now claims that he had agreed in principal to stay at the team after the final race of the 2011 campaign.
"When Red Bull Racing told me on December 13 that I would no longer be racing for them, I said that I was not going to judge them," he said in a Q&A on his website.
"There was no drama and I did not feel like a victim. But let me say just one thing: they hurt me and it was unnecessary."
He added: "They verbally confirmed me during the Brazilian GP.
"That same weekend I rejected a very good offer after receiving this confirmation from Red Bull and STR.
"Neither I nor anyone else will ever understand why having largely fulfilled all expectations that the team asked for, having improved my position from 2010 and having beaten my team-mate, I was ceased on December 14 when there was no time to search for an option for 2012."
Alguersuari was linked with a move to HRT after he was dumped by Toro Rosso, while Williams also had a vacant seat at that time, but the 21-year-old says he did not consider driving for either team.
"When I found out about Red Bull's decision in December I contacted (HRT team principal) Luis Perez-Sala, my friend and mentor since I raced in Formula Renault 1600 Italia," he said.
"We both had the same feeling. HRT does not have a car for me today and I cannot liquidate my heritage at my age fighting to improve a car, which of course will be far behind on the grid.
"HRT is not an option for me now. I cannot bear to be penultimate in the grid every race."
He added of Williams: "To be honest I never thought about Williams. Today, they only need drivers that pay."