BIOGRAPHY
Full Name Jaime Victor Alguersuari Escudero
Nationality Spanish
Born 23 March 1990, Barcelona
Died
Website Official Website
Twitter @SquireMusic
Instagram @squire.music
PRE-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
2005 Italian Formula Junior 1600
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Tomcat Racing
Epsilon Euskadi
12
2
2
0
2
0
4
0
?
0
160
0
3rd
NC*
2006 Italian Formula Renault 2.0 Winter
Italian Formula Renault 2.0
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Cram Competition 4
15
14
3
0
0
4
0
0
3
0
0
4
1
1
142
56
24
1st
10th
12th
2007 Italian Formula Renault 2.0
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Epsilon Red Bull 14
14
3
0
3
0
7
2
2
0
266
67
2nd
5th
2008 British F3 Championship
Masters of Formula 3
Macau Grand Prix
Spanish F3 Championship
Carlin Motorsport
Carlin Motorsport
Carlin Motorsport
GTA Motor Comp.
22
1
1
8
6
0
0
2
5
0
0
3
12
0
0
4
5
0
0
1
251


60
1st
8th
10th
7th
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Carlin Motorsport 17 1 1 3 1 88 6th

* Guest driver – ineligible to score championship points

FORMULA 1 CAREER
Entries Races Non-Starts Best Grid Best Finish Podiums F/L Pts DNFs
46 46 0 6th 7th x 2 0 0 31 11
First Grand Prix Last Grand Prix
2009 Hungarian Grand Prix 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix
Season Team Chassis Engine Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
2009 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4 Ferrari 2.4 V8 8 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2010 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 2.4 V8 19 0 0 0 0 5 19th
2011 Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6 Ferrari 2.4 V8 19 0 0 0 0 26 14th
POST-F1 CAREER
Season Series Team Races Poles Wins Podiums F/L Pts Rank
2014 ADAC GT Masters Rowe Racing 12 0 0 0 0 24 29th
2014-15 Formula E Championship Virgin Racing 9 0 0 0 1 30 13th


Biography

Jaime Alguersuari’s rapid rise to the top flight of motorsport and his sudden departure – retiring from racing at the age of 25 – remains one of the most the most curious of stories.

A multiple champion in karting, the Spaniard was picked up by Red Bull and signed to its young driver programme while in his teens. With their backing, he romped to the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Winter Series title in 2006 (winning every race) and in 2008 he claimed the British Formula 3 Championship crown, beating teammates Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey to the title, along with Sergio Pérez.

Midway through 2009, he was making his Formula 1 World Championship debut with Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Hungarian Grand Prix when the drink giant’s junior team split with Sébastien Bourdais. Aged 19 years and 125 days, he became the sport’s youngest ever race driver (a record subsequently beaten by Max Verstappen).

Alguersuari was dropped by Red Bull at the end of 2011.

Retained full-time for the 2010 season, he started strongly with a career-best thirteenth place in Bahrain.  He bettered that in Australia, narrowly finishing outside the points in eleventh after battling for more than half the race with seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher.  Next time out in Malaysia, he picked up his first points’ finish and repeated the feat on home soil. A further top-ten finish came at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  Generally perceived as the better driver compared to teammate Sébastien Buemi, the Swiss driver pipped him by three points in the Drivers’ Championship standings.

His 2011 season was his best. He finished in the points seven times, peaking with a pair of seventh placings in Italy and Korea, to outscore Buemi.  In what had been a strong season for Scuderia Toro Rosso, all signs pointed towards he and Buemi being retained for 2012, and he was confident of his prospects for the following year.  Unknown at the time was that he had knocked back an offer to join Renault, expecting instead that his results would lead to a promotion to the senior Red Bull team.

Then came the bombshell news that both he and Buemi had been dropped in favour of Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.  While Buemi was given a lifeline as Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver, Alguersuari was on the outer and joined the list of alumni to have been chewed up and spat out by the Red Bull programme.

While Alguersuari undoubtedly had the talent worthy of staying in F1, he lacked the other crucial requirement to keep him there: money.

The next two years were spent as Pirelli’s F1 tyre test driver while dovetailing this with an increasingly successful profile as a DJ.  A return to racing in Formula 1 would pass him by.

An opportunity came to join the new all-electric Formula E Championship and he was signed to Virgin Racing alongside Sam Bird for the inaugural 2014-15 season.  Despite some strong results, Alguersuari hated the series and was rapidly falling out of love with racing.  He fainted after the Moscow ePrix and missed the season finale in London.

Then in October 2015, he officially announced his retirement from all forms of motorsport, explaining that he had “fallen out of love with this girlfriend”.

Jaime Alguersuari, Virgin Racing Spark SRT01-e - 2015 Formula E Championship Monaco ePrix

Alguersuari walked away from motorsport to pursue a new career in the music industry.

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