Alguersuari 'ready' to step in at Toro Rosso

Jamie Alguersuari has denied the latest rumour in the Nurburgring paddock: that he has been told to prepare for his debut Grand Prix in two weeks. The Spanish teenager is at the German circuit this weekend in his new role as reserve driver for...

Jamie Alguersuari has denied the latest rumour in the Nurburgring paddock: that he has been told to prepare for his debut Grand Prix in two weeks.

The Spanish teenager is at the German circuit this weekend in his new role as reserve driver for Red Bull's two Formula One teams.

His presence coincides with strong rumours that Toro Rosso is readying to oust French race driver Sebastien Bourdais at the conclusion of Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Alguersuari said: "Sincerely, as of today, I don't know anything.

"I know there are many rumours and it is being spoken about in the paddock. But my position is the third pilot and that is all I know," the reigning champion of British F3 is quoted as saying by the EFE news agency.

Alguersuari, who has a superlicense because of his F3 title, said last week that he would prefer to debut for Toro Rosso in 2010, when he will have more experience under his belt.

He said on Saturday: "I believe a driver is always ready to drive a car. If you are good enough then you are good enough without much experience."

He didn't want to discuss the possibility that he could be on the Hungaroring grid in two weeks time. "I haven't stopped to think about it," said Alguersuari, who was also asked about the man he might replace, Bourdais.

He said he had dinner with the Frenchman on Thursday and that he seemed like a "nice guy".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Sébastien Bourdais
Teams Toro Rosso