New BBC 5 live commentator Jaime Alguersuari cut a positive figure at the BBC media day this week, despite having a winter away from Formula One and no team to go back to.
After being shown the door by Red Bull sister team Toro Rosso, with his former team mate Sebastian Buemi being given the boot as well, a move into radio was a shock to some.
Not that Jaime is shying away from speaking out about his former employees… oh no.
“It’s their decision so I respect that,’ said the young Spaniard, “I don’t respect what they said later, after that, but it’s their own opinion, so I don’t care. They said “we are good drivers, but we are not winners”. It doesn’t make sense if you give me a car that is not capable to be in the top ten.”
“I didn’t expect it. It was something very strange because we all expected that we were continuing at Toro Rosso,” added Alguersuari. “At the moment, the situation is what it is. I think we did a good job in Formula One, me and my team-mate [Sebastian Buemi].”
“We both did a very good job. We put the car in the top ten quite a lot of times and we scored 41 points. In general the season was very good.”
But Jaime is looking forward to his new role. The Spaniard joins James Allen in the commentary booth, creating a new pairing after David Croft and Anthony Davidson left to join the new Sky Sports F1 HD channel.
“The situation came about last week to work for Radio 5. I think it’s interesting in that it’s a new role for me; the fact that I can still be at the races and I’m still alive in Formula One. I think it’s better to be there than not. I can give a view from the aspect of the driver regarding fuel, tyres and downforce, while also explaining whether a decision, for example, may be good for the team but bad for the driver.”
“For example, we’ve seen in football that so many ex-players comment on a match. If they have been in a top team they have a point of view that isn’t the same as a journalist. I think it will give me, and everyone watching, a better point of view.”
“I did have some thoughts about going to the WEC (the new FIA endurance series, where Buemi has found himself), but I’m not racing in another series. Going outside of the F1 world into radio is a separate career for me, instead of looking to race on somewhere else.”
Coming across calm and relaxed, it was also clear that the 21-year-old has one eye on getting back into a race seat sooner rather than later.
“I hope one day to be back in Formula One to demonstrate what I can do and what I am capable of,” he stated,”and I will fight for it.”