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Spanish youngster Jaime Alguersuari echoes Schwarzenegger's Terminator in more than one sense as he lays into Red Bull and dismisses Williams.
Jaime, it's been over two months since the phone call from Red Bull saying they will not count on you for 2012. How do you feel? "On December 13th, when Red Bull Racing told me that I was no longer part of the family I said that I was not going to judge them, neither I was feeling like a victim and that this was not a drama. But let me say just one thing: they hurt me, and moreover, it was unnecessary."
How do you feel looking back? "In 2012 I will not be in Toro Rosso but I want to let everybody know that personally I feel very proud of my work and especially with my progression in F1. Red Bull has never demanded so much from anyone! They made me debut in the middle of the Season when I was 19 with not one single kilometre of testing completed. I ought to face Sebastian Buemi, a great driver, two years older than me, with more mileage and more GP experience. Buemi and I shared almost three full seasons (2009-2011) of the history of the Toro Rosso's made in Faenza. The ones before were constructed in Milton Keynes by Adrian Newey! Having said that, with the car I had, I scored three records for the Team: best Qualy (6th in Spa), best result (7th in Monza and 7th in Korea) and the maximum scoring points for the Team: 31 points. I've been 11 times in the top 10 from 46 Grand Prix. This is my heritage and the results I can be compared to so far at 21."
You talked about unnecessary damage, can you be more precise on that point? "I was verbally confirmed during the Brazilian GP. Hence, being confirmed by Red Bull and STR, I rejected a very good offer. Back on December 11th, Toro Rosso sent me to a PR event in Madrid, in the Cepsa headquarters to participate in the awarding medal ceremony to the employees with the longest seniority in the company and the Christmas dinner, with a very well prepared script from Faenza where I was supposed to talk about Toro Rosso, Cepsa and myself in 2012. Two days later, I received a phone call saying that they were not counting on me. They were two phone calls no longer than two minutes each.
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 teammate, I was ceased on December 14th when there was no reaction time to have a good option to run in 2012.
It's not me who should judge what Red Bull has done. Somehow I represent a generation of young drivers age 21. Those who are running today the World Series by Renault, GP2 and other international categories. I know I am a model for them. They have seen me debut with zero experience in F1 with 19 years, and in just 2 years they have seen me arrive 11 times among the top 10 of the F1 World Championship. They have seen me beat Rosberg with a Toro Rosso, and they have seen me grasp a 6th position in a qualifying at Spa.
What could all these drivers think about the F1 and Red Bull? What could they think about their future? Honestly, I believe it's the journalists and the people connected to the F1 world who should ask questions about this matter."
In fact Red Bull left you very little time to find a seat in F1... "Zero time. After the Brazilian GP, on December 4th I won the Desafio das Estrelas in Florianopolis (Brazil). I received two phone calls from Toro Rosso and Red Bull congratulating me and we talked about organizing 2012. It was impossible to imagine what they would decide in just 10 days. I want to state as many times as necessary that I don't bear any grudge against them because I am what I am because of them. But being realistic, looking for a seat in mid December was Mission Impossible."
Do you still consider F1? "I only think about the F1. I'm 21 and I have disputed 46 Grand Prix and demonstrated that I'm capable to beat a Mercedes in the last lap, as I did in the Korean GP, and to qualify 11 times in the top 10. I'm not a rookie. So let's say yes to Formula One, but not at any cost."
Why you didn't consider HRT? "When I found out about Red Bull's decision in December I contacted Luis Perez-Sala, my friend and mentor since I raced in Formula Renault 1600 Italia. 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. Luis did totally agree with me since the very beginning. Having said that I believe that De la Rosa has wide enough capacity to develop and improve these cars as well as the team. Maybe this opens new opportunities for the future. I'm convinced that the team that manages HRT will be capable to have a competitive car in the future. "
What about Williams? "To be honest I never thought about Williams. Today, they only need drivers that pay."
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