Spanish teen to race for Toro Rosso

 
Jaime AlguersuariThe Barcelona-born driver, born on March 23, 1990, will make his debut at Budapest's Hungaroring this weekend at the age of 19 years and 125 days.

The previous youngest driver was New Zealand's Mike Thackwell, who entered the 1980 Canadian Grand Prix with Tyrrell aged 19 and 183 days. "I do not expect anything from him for at least his first three races, during which he has to get used to the car, the team and to the Formula One environment," team principal Franz Tost said in a statement.

"Red Bull's stated aim for Scuderia Toro Rosso is that, when possible, it should be used to provide a seat for products of its Young Driver Programme," he added. "We therefore chose Alguersuari as the most mature driver currently in the programme."

Alguersuari last year became the youngest champion in the British Formula Three series with Carlin Motorsport and was this month appointed test driver for both Red Bull teams. He joined the Red Bull junior team at the age of 15.  "I am aware that I'm facing a very tough challenge, because coming into Formula One is never easy, coming into Formula One in the middle of a season is even harder and doing so without any testing is really difficult," he said.

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