Toro Rosso denies plan to replace Speed (updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Scott Speed, Toro Rosso, N????rbrurgring, 2007Scuderia Toro Rosso have denied they plan to replace Scott Speed with Sebastian Vettel, following a report on an American website.

Speed criticised the team after the European Grand Prix, claiming Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost were trying to get rid of him. He was only confirmed to be racing for the team in 2007 days before the start of the first race.

It is alleged there was a physical confrontation between Speed and Tost following the Nurburgring race.

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais, who currently leads the Champ Car World Series, is expected to join the team next year.

Red Bull has access to a large number of young drivers including Robert Doornbos and Neel Jani (also both in Champ Car), Sebastien Buemi (F3 Euroseries/GP2) and Filipe Albuquerque (World Series by Renault). GP2 driver Bruno Senna is another likely target.

Vettel drove for the BMW team at the United States Grand Prix and scored a point on his d???but, becoming the youngest driver ever to do so.

Update: Speed has given a very forthright interview describing the incident with Tost, attacking the team over their pit stop, defending his exit from the race at the first corner, and revealing that he hasn’t spoken to the team in two days. Read it here (external)

Photo: GEPA

Related links

Tags: / / / /