Buemi vs Alguersuari for Red Bull seat

(L to R): Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso with Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso. Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday 8 April 2011.

Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari

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.”

  • Sjakie

    The contract extension of Webber will be on table later this year. But this is how Webber wants it. Not by choice of Red Bull as stated in this article.

  • Sam the Man

    For heaven’s sake ask Kimi!!! Seb and Kimi – that would be a killer combination.

  • Kaka

    This is formula1,anything can happen..it’s more of a business than racing after all

  • Kaka

    I too want kimi back in f1 in a redbull seat

  • Butterfly

    They’re both rubbish drivers. Better keep Webber for another year or two.

  • Bob

    As is teh case in all companies. Replacements always come from external sources. The Management always state that internal promotion takes presedence but thats always bullsh1t.

    They will fill the vacant seat with a top driver from another team. Frankly i would bring in Heidfeld. Very consistent and the team points will accumulate nicely.

    imo The current Torro Rosso drivers belong in junior categories.

    Off to Montreal tomorrow for the Canadian GP.

  • Butterfly

    Heidfeld is a train wreck. Even Petrov is faster than him.

  • Stewy33

    I will be the third to say ask Kimi! Putting Kimi in a RB7 would be very entertaining. Kimi is a bad ass and I will always be a fan of his. Sorry Buemi and Alguersuari, but Kimi is the man for the job.

  • http://yallaF1.com F1 fan

    Get Schumacher the greatest driver ever in there along with Seb,what a pairing that would be,at least they would actually get on as they are the best of friends.

  • Pingback: Drivers In The Twilight part 2: Felipe Massa and Mark Webber « backmarkersf1