The competition to secure a career advancement – while avoiding relegation to the sidelines – is never more apparent right now than within Toro Rosso’s driver ranks, and the 2011 season looks set to feature an intriguing battle between team-mates further down the grid.
And with competition heating up between Toro Rosso’s two drivers, Jaime Alguersuari has predicted “war” with team-mate Sébastien Buemi during the 2011 championship season.
In 2011, the drivers will be looking ahead – eyeing off a potential vacancy at Red Bull Racing if Mark Webber retires at season’s end – while also looking over their shoulder, with the team’s new test driver Daniel Ricciardo seemingly waiting in the wings to replace either driver if they should stumble.
“I see myself at Red Bull,” Alguersuari is quoted in an interview with the Marca newspaper.
“I want to win, not be finishing in 17th. I want to be a second faster per lap and braking 20 metres later.”
Alguersuari’s stock rose – while Buemi’s fell – in 2010, when he out-qualified his more experienced team-mate in each of the final five rounds of the season, although the Swiss driver would outscore Alguersuari in the overall championship standings, eight points to five.
Of late, there has been considerable pressure applied to Buemi from within the Toro Rosso and Red Bull camps, amid suggestions that he is at most risk of losing his drive, perhaps even before the end of the 2011 season.
But fortunes are typically fickle at Toro Rosso – an outfit with an established reputation for suddenly sacking its drivers – and Alguersuari is equally conscious that the negative attention could quickly switch in his direction.
“I am surely competing with [Buemi] this year to be the one who will go to Red Bull [in 2012], with Ricciardo to get one of our seats.
“This year will be war between Buemi and me,” he added.
[Original image via Liffonmelsmork]
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