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GP Week : Issue 56
> F1NEWS> ‘Most Dangerous Man’ enjoys debut JAIME Alguersuari, the youngest Formula 1 driver in history and someone whom some areas of the press had unfairly labelled ‘The Most Dangerous Man in Formula 1’ has spoken of his satisfaction with his debut weekend in F1. The reigning British F3 champion made his track debut for Scuderia Toro Rosso at the Hungarian Grand Prix, keeping calm and driving well to utilise his first weekend as a familiarisation period with his new surroundings and car. Although qualifying in last position, he raced well to finish ahead of team-mate Sebastien Buemi in a highly impressive 15th. “I am very happy to have finished, but the last five laps were very difficult from the physical point of view,” he said after the race. “I found it hard to keep the car on the pace, but I am very satisfied. P15 is not so bad, but the main objective was to complete the 70 laps, with no mistakes, maintaining my pace.” The Spanish rookie was honest in his appraisal of the weekend, and refreshingly so. “I have learned a lot but I have to say there are some aspects of F1 which made me think, ‘shit this is tough!’” Grosjean says he is ready for F1 debut ROMAIN Grosjean has told GPWeek that he believes he is ready to race in Formula 1, as rumours continue to place him alongside Fernando Alonso as a Renault F1 race driver at the European Grand Prix, should Renault win its appeal against its suspension and be allowed to race. Grosjean, the team’s third driver and the current secondplaced racer in the GP2 Series told GPWeek in Hungary however that he had not yet been informed as to whether he would be making the step up to Formula 1 in place of 10 the underperforming Nelson Piquet. “No, not at the moment. I was focussing on the GP2 weekend which was the main point today so let’s see what’s going on.” When asked if he believed he was ready to make the move into Formula 1, the Frenchman replied, “Yes I think so. If you have the chance you will say yes. The car is getting much better and I think there are some more updates coming, so it’s a good time for the team.” Grosjean pointed to the debut made by Jaime Alguersuari at the Hungarian Grand Prix as an example of a rookie being able to step in mid-season to the category and perform well. “Alguersuari is doing a good job, but it’s always different. If you can get some races for sure it’s all good experience for the next season which is very good. We’ll see.” Grosjean had been expected to replace Piquet in time for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but it is understood that Renault could only get out of their contract with the driver on the basis of performance if the Brazilian had been given the same equipment as teamleader Fernando Alonso. With Piquet usually one race behind the Spaniard in terms of car developments, Hungary saw both drivers given the same spec car. While Fernando Alonso took pole position and led the race, Piquet failed to make it out of Q2 and finished 12th. As such, many expect Renault to now be able to legitimately and contractually edge Piquet out of the team in place of Grosjean.