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Jaime Alguersuari joins BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team

Jaime AlguersuariFormer Toro Rosso driver Jamie Alguersuari will join BBC Radio 5 Live as a commentator this year.

The Spaniard will be the station's expert summarise alongside James Allen on its live coverage of the 2012 Formula 1 season. He is expected to be present at every race of the championship in his 5 Live role - and is believed to also be eyeing reserve positions with frontrunning teams, having been linked with Mercedes over the winter.

"It's great to be part of the BBC's F1 commentary team on Radio 5 live," he said. "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."

BBC Radio 5 Live controller Adrian van Klaveren added: "We're delighted to have Jaime on board, his engaging personality makes him a great addition to 5 live for the 2012 F1 season. We are going to make the most of Jaime's first-hand experience right now knowing he could well be driving for one of the teams again in the near future."

Alguersuari drove for Toro Rosso from mid-2009 to the end of last year, when he and team-mate Sebastien Buemi were dropped in favour of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

5 Live's previous commentary pairing David Croft and Anthony Davidson have joined Sky Sports for 2012.

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