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Speaks volumes - Jaime Alguersuari joins BBC Radio 5Live as 2012 commentator

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Jaime Alguersuari joins BBC Radio 5Live as 2012 commentator
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Former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari has been confirmed today as a commentator for the BBC 5Live radio team. He will join James Allen to provide expert analysis for each race of the 2012 season. Of his new appointment, Alguersuari says it's a good deal for now, but he's still keeping an eye on the driver market.

"It will be interesting to look at the action from a different angle and bring that excitement and insight to listeners. Given that I'm still only 21, this agreement permits me to return to F1. It promises to be another exciting season and I can't wait for it to start."

Alguersuari was ousted from the Toro Rosso team alongside Sébastien Buemi as the outfit took on two new drivers for the 2012 season. Whilst Buemi managed to secure the Red Bull reserve drive, Alguersuari was left without a role for the coming year - something he was particularly disappointed about.

Last month, the Spaniard spoke of his hurt feelings after his former team went back on a verbal agreement.

"I was verbally confirmed during the Brazilian GP. Hence, being confirmed by Red Bull and STR, I rejected a very good offer. On December 13th, when Red Bull Racing told me that I was no longer part of the family I said that I was not going to judge them, neither I was feeling like a victim and that this was not a drama. But let me say just one thing: they hurt me, and moreover, it was unnecessary."

Alguersuari will have to push those feelings to one side as he watches Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne drive for Toro Rosso, whilst he sits in the commentary box and shares his wisdom with the fans.