Jaime Alguersuari Joins Pirelli as Test Driver

Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has been announced as the official test driver for Formula One tyre supplier Pirelli.


The Spanish driver, who was dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of last season, joins ex-Virgin driver Lucas di Grassi in working with the tyre manufacturers.


Both drivers will test the compounds using a 2010 Renault car, in a series of tests this year, all with the plan of helping to develop the compounds for the 2013 season.


Speaking about his new role, Alguersuari told BBC Sport: “I have a huge desire to get behind the wheel of an F1 car again and return to competition so this is a brilliant chance for me.”


The 22 year-old replaces Nick Heidfeld, who initially signed up to the role after being dropped by Renault-Lotus towards the end of the 2011 campaign.


Alguersuari and Di Grassi are hoping that working closely with Pirelli will offer them opportunities to make a return to F1.