Red Bull Racing confirmed on June 3rd that Scott Speed will take over the third driver role for the team for the Canadian and US Grands Prix. American Speed, who currently races in the GP2 series, first tested for Red Bull in March and has been ...
Red Bull Racing confirmed on June 3rd that Scott Speed will take over the third driver role for the team for the Canadian and US Grands Prix. American Speed, who currently races in the GP2 series, first tested for Red Bull in March and has been working with the team at Silverstone this week.
"This is an incredible opportunity for me," said Speed. "Putting aside the fact that my second appearance at a grand prix will be in my homeland, it is really exciting to be driving an F1 car in front of a big crowd. I have never driven at either Montreal or Indy, so it will be a good experience for me."
"I don't know what to expect, but I am there to do a job, so I don't feel any extra pressure at the thought of the media interest that might come with it. Apart from last week's session at Silverstone, I did a two day test at Barcelona after the Malaysian GP. An F1 car is completely different to anything else I have ever driven, so the more miles I can do, the better."
Christian Klien, who has been undertaking the third driver role, returns to the race seat from Canada onwards. With Speed in the third car for Friday practices Tonio Liuzzi, who raced for Red Bull alongside David Coulthard for the last four GPs, will have to sit out the next two races.
Speed was originally scheduled to drive the Red Bull at Silverstone on Wednesday but bad weather meant he only completed one lap and his test was postponed until Friday. Unfortunately he was again hampered by rain but went out for some track time and managed 18 laps.
Red Bull sporting director Christian Horner is looking forward to seeing how Speed will do in the third driver seat. "We will be watching his progress with interest," he commented. "Scott is obviously the most promising talent to come out of the USA for some considerable time. His achievements in Europe have been extremely impressive."