Jaime Alguersuari is joining the BBC's F1 commentary team

Having already mastered his skills with a microphone and headphones behind a DJ mixing table, former F1 driver Jaime Alguersuari will be learning how to master a different kind of microphone: that being one belonging to a commentator. The Spaniard has been announced as James Allen’s co-commentator with BBC Radio 5 Live.

The 21-year-old Spaniard will assume the role of expert analyst alongside veteran F1 commentator James Allen, formerly of ITV, where he will be present at all Grands Prix this year as part of the BBC’s radio team.

Alguersuari was sensationally dumped from Toro Rosso’s line-up after two-and-a-half seasons with the team, having impressively finished fourteenth in the Drivers’ Championship standings last year.

“It’s great to be part of the BBC’s F1 commentary team on Radio 5 Live. It will be interesting to look at the action from a different angle and bring that excitement and insight to listeners,” he is quoted as saying.

Jaime AlguersuariWhile he is currently unsigned as far as driving opportunities are concerned for 2011, the commentary deal does not exclude Alguersuari from pursuing opportunities to work with any of the teams this year. He had been hotly linked with a reserve driver role at Mercedes GP after his sacking from Toro Rosso was confirmed.

“Given that I’m still only 21, this agreement permits me to return to F1. It promises to be another exciting season and I can’t wait for it to start,” he added.

And with a driver as charismatic and articulate as Jaime, the Radio 5 Live fans are in for an absolute treat.


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.