Charming bloke is Jaime Alguersuari. You’d think Formula One drivers would get sick of sitting down in front of journalists on sponsor events, answering the same questions over and over again.
I’m sure deep down he felt like that in the four and a half minute chat I had with him last week, but he didn’t show it. He gave real thought to his answers and was surprisingly open about the adversity (money and good looks excluded) he’s come up against in his short F1 career to date.
Evo_ermine – how much time do you spend at the Toro Rosso factory?Jaime Alguersuari – During the season we have so many commitments with racing, media and sponsors, so there’s never really time to go there. I’ll maybe go three or four times during the season.
During the pre-season, we’ll visit eight or nine times for seat fittings and discussions with engineers on the car’s progress. When we need to use the simulator, we’ll use the Red Bull one in Milton Keynes.Virgin Power – do you feel pressure from the other Red Bull drivers?JA – Pressure is something you build yourself. You need to live with it and it’s natural in life to create your own pressure and find a way to deal with it. The only pressure that is valuable is mine.