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Alguersuari On Verge Of Toro Seat, Bringing In Spanish Cash

Jaime Alguersuari is on the verge of being confirmed as Sebastien Bourdais’s successor to the Toro Rosso race seat today, after straight line speed testing in Italy.

The 19 year old Spaniard will become the youngest F1 driver in history if he takes the wheel of the STR4 at the Hungaoring next weekend, trying to bring some good fortune and points to the Faenza based team.

He has hardly done any testing with the team, and close friend Ferrari tester and former Minardi driver Marc Gene says will mean he is going to have a hard debut.

“Jaime is ready, but there are lot of factors playing against him,” the 2009 Le Mans winner told Diario Sport.

“No testing, and Hungary is a tough track” he added

Alguersuari has another bonus for Toro Rosso, sponsorship.  In a move which will remind older viewers of the Minardi days, he is backed by various Spanish companies including Repsol, who have sent around $2million to Italy trying t guarantee the seat for their man.

Fortunately for the 19 year old, he is a good driver too – unlike some of those who have in the past bought their seats…

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