Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has turned down a racing seat with HRT. The Spaniard says he hopes to become a McLaren test driver, which would see him replacing Pedro de la Rosa. This leaves HRT still looking for a second driver, and this could go to GP2’s Dani Clos. Spaniard Dani has been driving in GP2 for three years, all with Racing Engineering. He scored his first points with a podium at Portugal in 2009 (supporting the FIA GT World Championship), when he finished third in the sprint race.
In 2010 he finished fourth in the GP2 championship, taking his first (and so far only) main series win in the process; he won the sprint at Imola in GP2 Asia this year Last season he didn’t do quite as well, finishing 9th overall but coming second in the Spain and Britain sprint races. A good driver, he would be a sensible choice for the Spanish national team.
Meanwhile, Italian physio Raniero Gianotti who has worked with Barrichello, Alguersuari and Vettel, amongst others, has sadly passed away. According to Rubens Barrichello, he suffered a heart attack whilst on his bike. May he rest in peace.
Finally, the WRC is in trouble after series promoter North One Sports had its contract terminated by the FIA after failing to fulfil the terms of its contract. Due to the lack of a purchaser for NOS and its parent company CSI (who went into administration in November) the FIA are now having to work hard in order to ensure the series goes ahead; the first event – the Monte Carlo Rally – is in just 10 days’ time.