It’s official, Scott Speed is out of Formula One, being replaced for the rest of the season starting at this weekends Hungarian Grand Prix by young German driver Sebastion Vettel.
Vettel has been the test driver for the BMW Sauber Formula One team, and was released yesterday by the team to take up the opportunity with Formula One team Toro Rosso. He is no stranger to Toro Rosso part owner and sponsor Red Bull, having come through the ranks of the Red Bull Young Driver Program, just like the man he is replacing Scott Speed.
At the US Grand Prix 20-year-old Vettel was the youngest driver in the history of Formula 1 to score a championship point. Speaking about BMW’s decision to release Vettel for a racing seat at Toro Rosso BMW team boss Mario Theissen said:
“As our test and reserve driver Sebastian has carried out sterling work for us. When he stood in for Robert Kubica in the USA Grand Prix he made history by becoming the youngest debutant to earn a world championship point. However, the current testing rules mean that he barely gets a chance to drive for us. Now he has been offered the opportunity to get inside a Toro Rosso cockpit. We have sponsored and coached Sebastian over a number of years. To place obstacles in his career path now would go against our concept of talent promotion.”
“BMW and Red Bull have a longstanding partnership in supporting Sebastian. Toro Rosso is the sister team of Red Bull Racing, and in that context it makes sense for us to release him. In a sponsoring partnership the main thing is to use the best opportunities that present themselves to a young driver at any given time.”
This news comes hot on the heels of the US Grand Prix being dropped, so once again American F1 fans are let out in the cold, without a driver to follow, and without a race.