Jaime Alguersuari has admitted his desires to assume Mark Webber’s seat at Red Bull Racing if the Australian retires – as predicted – at the end of the 2010 season.
Described (perhaps a little tactlessly) by Christian Horner as being “in the autumn of his career”, Webber recently re-signed with the Austrian team for a further season to see him through until the end of next year, which in turn means that a vacancy may open up for 2012.
Coincidentally, Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso team-mate, Sébastien Buemi, has himself gone on the record to admit the exact same aim.
“I will not deny that it [a move to Red Bull] is very appealing,” Alguersuari admitted to Diario Sport.
“For me, Red Bull and Toro Rosso are the same family, and they’ve supported me since I was 15, and trusted me for their Formula 1 programme when I had no experience.
“I would rather win a title with Red Bull than with McLaren or Ferrari, because it’s the team close to my heart, people who have helped me all the way.”
Ambitions like that may be all well and good – and indeed, Jaime has shown an improved run of form of late – but it could reasonably be argued that further finessing is warranted (particularly with some aspects of his racecraft) before the Spaniard is perhaps ready to move into a top-flight team such as Red Bull Racing.
[Original image via AUTOSPORT]