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A frustrated Jaime Alguersuari hit out at Formula 1 after claiming that he was set to return to the sport this season but was denied a seat despite promises being made.
Dropped by Toro Rosso at the end of the 2011 season, the Spaniard had been working hard to return to F1 with efforts which included him being handed a role of a Pirelli test driver last year.
"I have been convinced most of the 2012 season that my seat was secured in a team that usually scores,” Alguersuari was quoted by Reuters. "They did tell me and I believed it to be true.”
The 22-year-old had been linked to a Force India drive but it is now believed that the vacant seat at the Silverstone-based team will now be decided between its reserve Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil, who recently had a seat fitting done with the team.
"Those who committed themselves with me have given me reasons that I must accept but that I do not share. F1 has become an auction," he said clarifying that he had a verbal agreement with the team, which remains undisclosed.
However, former F1 driver and current expert with Sky Sports television Martin Brundle believed that the drivers ousted from last season had missed their opportunities.
“Maybe that sounds a bit brutal, but they had their chances to shine. Just like when I got kicked out of F1, you had your chances, nothing else was there and it's about the fresh blood," Brundle told the Sky Sports website.