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Jaime Alguersuari: Is He Just Too Inexperienced To Be On an F1 Grid?

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MAY 08:  Jaime Alguersuari of Spain and Carlin Motorsport is seen on the Scuderia Toro Rosso pitwall during practice for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 8, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)
Mike WilkinsCorrespondent IJuly 17, 2009

Now. Assuming all the stories are correct and that young Jaime does get to replace Sebastien Bourdais in the STR, and it seems that his 2 Spanish Sponsors, La Caixa and Repsol, have already paid the 2 millions Euros needed for 2 races (Yes only 2 at the moment-remember my Loeb piece).....

Just how safe is it going to be for him and the rest of the grid?

I'm not saying that he's not talented or quick enough, but he's hardly driven an F1 car, and even less when there are other cars around.

This testing rule is good, but this is where it falls down badly.

In my opinion, you can't just throw an inexperienced kid into the heat of Practice, Qualifying and above a Grand Prix who's not driven the car in the heat of at least a big test session.

I can see allsorts of problems arising, allsorts of dangers rife with this ruling.

There has to be a way to make sure that the reserve drivers are actually ready to step in, and are fully up to speed.

I really hope that he and all the others get through his debut safely, but he's just not had enough relevant experience.

My fingers are crossed that no-one gets hurt.

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