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F1 2022

Alguersuari responds after initial Marko "trauma" comments

The former Toro Rosso driver has responded after his initial comments about still fearing Dr Helmut Marko were published.

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Jaime Alguersuari has clarified comments he made about the Red Bull young Formula 1 driver's programme and its boss, Dr Helmut Marko.

In an interview, Alguersuari stated that he suffered a "trauma" during his spell on the programme when he raced in F1 between mid-2009 and 2011.

"I'm going to tell you something: I still dream, when I sleep, I have very strange dreams, very strange dreams from all that time," he told El Confidencial.

"Above all the helplessness and frustration of never meeting expectations, of seeing Mr. Marko always angry, telling me off. As if we were children. I see myself like that.

"This has created a trauma, and I'm convinced that [teammate Sebastien] Buemi, and many others, are going through it too.

"I have not been able to clean this, I have done therapies, and when I retired several psychologists helped me to deal with this to make a new life, but I wanted to deal with this to clean everything I had lived before."

On his Twitter account, Alguersuari, who is now a DJ, responded to his own comments.

Alguersauri responds

"I want to clarify something reg. HELMUT MARKO [sic]," the Spaniard wrote.

"I am deeply thankful to have met him when I was 15, Helmut was my teacher and someone who always asked me to deliver to push and boost myself forward and beyond.

"I have not enough words [sic] of gratitude to RB [sic] and Helmut Marko because they have showed me a way of discipline, of dedication and hard f****ng work that is helping me out reach other goals in my life, in my music and I'm 100% sure I wouldnt be who I am today without being inside RB."

"When competing at the highest level wether [sic] is F1, football, rugby or golf in order to highlight it requires an extremely demanding mind to look for more performance.

"Even if you win RB will keep demanding you higher and higher and higher."

Alguersuari started 46 races from his debut at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix - making him the then youngest F1 driver at 19 years, 125 days.

He scored 31 points in his two-and-a-half years at Toro Rosso with a best result of seventh in the 2011 Italian and Korean Grands Prix.

His last F1 race in Brazil 2011 yielded an 11th place finish as he claimed 14th in the standings with 26 points - before both he and Buemi were brushed aside for '12 by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

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