Former Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari has retired from motor racing at the age of just 25, saying he has lost his “love for this girlfriend”.
The Spaniard became F1’s youngest ever driver at the of 19 years and 125 days when he made his debut for Toro Rosso at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. He then spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Faenza-based squad before he was dropped ahead of the 2012 campaign.
Without a race seat at just 21, Alguarsuari became a test driver for Pirelli for two years before he joined the Virgin Racing team for the inaugural Formula E campaign in 2014.
However, he was unable to take part in the season finale in London as his licence was temporarily suspended by the FIA after he fainted during the Moscow ePrix.
He then put his career on hold due to medical reasons, but he revealed during a press conference in Madrid that he has been given the all-clear, adding he has fallen out of love with the sport.
“I need a change,” the 25-year-old said. “I’ve lost my love for this girlfriend. I’m 25 and I’ve decided to start a new chapter.
“It’s not a sad day. I’ve had fun driving. Right now I’m not crazy about racing. That’s why I’ve decided to stop.”
He added: “Nowadays I don’t belong in racing, but I can’t say it’s the end either.”