Alguersuari says 2011 a 'key' season

Jaime Alguersuari says the 2011 season will be "key" for him, as Toro Rosso eyes a step forward with its new STR6

Alguersuari says 2011 a 'key' season

Alguersuari made his grand prix debut with the Faenza squad in 2009, before completing his first full season with the team last year.

He scored five points on his way to 19th place in the standings.

The Toro Rosso driver believes 2011 will be decisive for his, and the team's, future in F1.

"I think it is definitely a key season for me this year," said Alguersuari as the team unveiled its 2011 challenger at Valencia.

"Every season is important and definitely this one is going to be very significant for myself, because it is my second full year in Formula 1 and because it is the second year that Toro Rosso builds its own car, so it will be completely decisive for our future, for the future of Toro Rosso and for my future, because we obviously need to target our competitors which are Williams, Force India and Sauber.

"We need to fight against them and finish the championship ahead of them."

The Spaniard also reckons that stability within the team will be a boost for him, as he aims for a stronger season than last year.

"Yes, of course, I think to stay with the same team, definitely the same engineers and with the same people and mechanics in the background in Faenza, knowing the whole team for one and a half years is quite important and definitely will help me a lot this season," he said.

"I am really looking forward to the start of the year because they know what they can expect from my side and I know more or less what I can expect from my engineer and the people that work for me.

"So I expect a lot for this season from the car and on the development side."

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