Jaime Alguersuari is set to make his F1 debut at the Hungarian Grand Prix in two weeks time. This according to Autosport.
It seems this weekends speculation about Sebastien Bourdais have materialized much to the dismay of Bourdais fans world wide. the Frenchman has had a difficult season so far and much could be attributed to the cars lack of performance if you look at his teammate’s results as well.
Interestingly the Autosport story suggests a lack of in-season testing as a reason to place Alguesuari in the seat to prepare him for the 2010 season and while this makes sense, it is odd they didn’t try the same option with their former reserve driver Brendan Hartley who left the team due to a lack of actual testing or driving.
Alguesuari will become the youngest driver to start an F1 race at 19 years 125 days eclipsing the previous record held by Mike Thackwell who drove for Tyrrell in Canada 1980. It is suggested that Alguersuari also brings Repsol sponsorship as well.
So what will become of Bourdais? Many speculations are flying and the most prevelant is that he would return to American open-wheel racing but the Indycar series is not ripe with cash or rides. I am suggesting that a Le Mans series ride would be an excellent alternative as Bourdais certainly proved his worth at the wheel of the Peugeot at this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The ALMS series would do well to secure the services of Bourdais as well as Americans know the Frenchman from the CHAMP car days and he has a pedigree here in the states.