A further sign that Jaime Alguersuari will retain his Toro Rosso race seat for the 2010 season has emerged.

When the 19-year-old rookie's name was left off the provisional entry list for next season, his management expressed surprise and said the young Spaniard was undergoing official Red Bull training.

It subsequently emerged that Toro Rosso may be holding off confirming Alguersuari's contract for next year while in talks with potential Spanish sponsors.

The Marca sports newspaper now claims that Alguersuari, having been included in the Faenza-based team's calendar of pre-season work, is hoping his deal is confirmed in early January.