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GP Week : Issue 116
“At the end of the winter, I found myself with zero euros in my pocket. I thought that would be the end of my career. Instead [Red Bull owner] Dietrich Mateschitz decided my commitment should be rewarded and that I deserved a seat at Toro Rosso for the following year as well.” The worst, for Jaime, was now in the past. As races went on, he started getting to grips with his car, obtaining his first points (ninth in Malaysia, tenth in China, ninth in Abu Dhabi) and beating his team- mate Sebastien Buemi more often than not. This trend is ongoing in 2011, so much so that his name has started to appear more and more often in the shortlist of the candidates to replace possible ‘retiree’ Mark Webber at the end of the year in the main Red Bull team. To get his deserved promotion, though, Alguersuari will need to overcome another obstacle, whose name is Daniel Ricciardo. The young Australian – runner up in the latest World Series by Renault championship – is the current golden boy of Red Bull’s young driver programme: he is fast and already has his feet in Formula One as third driver in the Toro Rosso team itself. Only when touching upon this sensitive topic does Jaime lose his usual talkativeness, hiding behind strained political declarations (and proving he has learned the F1 game): “I just heard rumours. My job is here now, at Toro Rosso, and nowhere else.” Tell us the truth, we urge him: do you think about it once in a while? “Absolutely not. The team I’m in is like a big family. I want to learn and to improve with them and I just think about doing my best with the means I have, the car I have. That’s all. Tomorrow I will speak about the rest.” But apart from his car, there’s another place where Jaime Alguersuari finds himself at home, much more that behind a desk: it’s the DJ decks. While other Formula One drivers open restaurants, produce their own wine or try extreme sports, Jaime bides his time playing in some of the biggest Spanish clubs: “It’s part of my life,” he says proudly. His passion is clear. In Barcelona, Jaime owns a private recording studio and, by the name of DJ Squire, he has become very popular among Spanish discos. He’s even performed in superclubs such as Amnesia or Space Ibiza and opened the Barcelona Music Conference in 2010. To many young people, Jaime is a DJ first and a racing driver second. Perhaps because we’re in Italy, or perhaps by coincidence, he cites his disc-spinning heroes as Italian: “One above all the others: Marco Carola. He’s a genius. As a DJ he is my myth, my guiding line. Just like Ayrton Senna is as a driver.” He couldn’t have found a better partner than Red Bull, whose brand image is linked with clubbing and youth culture. And, in case we doubted it, they give us a sample the very same night of Alguersuari’s lesson at Politecnico, by throwing a very entertaining Formula One- themed party in one of Turin’s most famous discos, the Banus. This time Jaime is not behind the console, but having fun on the floor, surrounded by a bevy of female admirers. He was awake at 6am this morning to catch the plane to Italy, but he doesn’t look tired at all. He leaves the disco 24 hours after his alarm went off. Then, as fresh as a daisy, he is led to the Automobile Museum for a visit which, he says: “impressed and interested me a lot, even if I’m not fond of vintage cars”. And, from there, directly to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, in the town center of Italy’s first capital city. His task for the day: to entertain more than 40,000 spectators with a road show on board his single-seater. Maybe it’s thanks to the Red Bull cans he drank, but after this marathon, Jaime doesn’t look as exhausted as one would expect. You need the stamina of a 21-year-old to withstand that. Especially if he is a Formula One driver. 34