This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix will see a record of three local drivers – Fernando Alonso, Pedro de la Rosa and Jaime Alguersuari – competing in front of their home crowd, and as expected, the media attention will be heavily focused on this trio.
Of the three, the one who has undoubtedly impressed and improved the most is Jaime Alguersuari, who finished in the points at the Malaysian Grand Prix with a brilliant drive that included some excellent passing moves on Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hülkenberg (the latter is currently our favourite for overtaking move of the year).
Jaime also drove an excellent race in Australia, where he fended off the recovering Michael Schumacher for lap after lap with some excellent defensive driving.
Since replacing the hapless Sébastien Bourdais in the middle of last season, Jaime has certainly made an incredible improvement since his first shaky outings for the Faenza based team. There were certainly plenty of figures questioning the wisdom of giving him a full season with the team in 2010.
Toro Ross team boss Franz Tost has certainly noticed the improved performance of his young charge.
"He discovered how much he had to learn and the level of commitment required to become a successful Formula One driver.
"He was clever enough to understand this and therefore he put himself through a very intensive and disciplined testing and physical training programme and everyone in the team is impressed by his progress," added Tost.
Even Jaime’s team-mate, Sébastien Buemi, realises he faces stiff competition, having comfortably out-paced his two team-mates last season.
"He has improved a lot and is much faster and therefore able to provide much better feedback," said Buemi. "This is entirely positive, as it means we can work together better to move the car forward."
Is a run in Q3 and a tilt at the points a possibility in Spain? Don’t bet against it…
[Original image via The Guardian]