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Former F1 driver says Horner 'not very friendly'

Former F1 driver says Horner 'not very friendly'
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Christian Horner is not "very friendly", according to a former Formula 1 driver from the Red Bull camp.

Christian Horner is not "very friendly", according to a former Formula 1 driver from the Red Bull camp.

At the end of 2011, the then 21-year-old Jaime Alguersuari lost his Toro Rosso seat and walked away from Formula 1 - and eventually motor racing altogether.

The Spaniard established a career in electronic music but now, at the age of 31, is returning to the tracks in the European and world karting championships.

Recalling his decision to walk away from racing, Alguersuari told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "I wasn't well.

"I was living with too much stress, resentment and hatred of Red Bull and the Formula 1 system in general. I needed a change in my life."

Recalling a typical lambasting by Dr Helmut Marko, Alguersuari told the Italian sports daily: "He started screaming.

"I tried to explain things calmly but if a person is like a wall, the sound just comes back at you."

However, Alguersuari said he actually had a good relationship with Marko, and is "grateful" both to him and Red Bull for the opportunity to race in Formula 1.

As for Red Bull's other bigwigs Christian Horner and Adrian Newey, the Spaniard has little positive to say.

"With him, there wasn't one," said Alguersuari when asked what his relationship with Horner was like.

"The same with Adrian Newey. But even on the track, Christian was not a very friendly type."

Finally, when asked if he still enjoys watching modern Formula 1, Alguersuari admitted: "Honestly, no.

"I would like to go back to the past, when the cars had little grip, less downforce and aspirated engines. A bit like 2003-2004.

"But I also understand that times have evolved."

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of athletics (9am)
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· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain in the final (2pm)

· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
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· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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