Buemi vs Alguersuari for Red Bull seat
8 June, 2011
Jun.8 (GMM) It is likely a Toro Rosso driver will be promoted if Mark Webber does not stay at Red Bull beyond 2011, the energy drink company’s motor racing chief Helmut Marko has revealed.
While most key team members including teammate Sebastian Vettel, Christian Horner and Adrian Newey recently had their contracts extended, Red Bull Racing is holding off re-signing Webber until his ongoing performance and motivation is gauged during the course of the current season.
Already fighting for survival at the junior team Toro Rosso, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi are therefore also battling for arguably the most coveted seat in Formula 1 at present.
“This is by design,” Marko, the head of Red Bull’s driver development programme, told the Autosprint. “We will try to do what we did three years ago with Sebastian Vettel, when David Coulthard retired.”
“Of course, this will not be automatic,” insisted Marko. “If a driver does not meet all of the professional requirements, we will not offer him the opportunity to drive at Red Bull.”