In what appears to be 'Get Mark Webber Month', the beleaguered Australian has come under fire from yet another different direction, with Jaime Alguersuari dropping hints that he has one eye on the current F1 2010 title contender's Red Bull Racing cockpit for 2012.
Alguersuari presently competes for Red Bull 'junior' outfit Scuderia Toro Rosso, but like team-mate Sébastien Buemi, the Spaniard – who last summer became the youngest driver ever to race at the highest level, at the age of only 19 and with a noteworthy reputation as the reigning British F3 Champion – has made little secret of his desire to one day follow in the footsteps of Webber's own team-mate Sebastian Vettel in earning promotion to the 'senior' operation.
What's more, with RBR team principal Christian Horner having recently conceded that the energy drinks-backed outfit will henceforth be built around Vettel given that Webber is now in 'the autumn of his career' in the top flight [see separate story – click here
] – and the man himself having candidly admitted that his motivation may soon dry up – the common consensus is that there will be a seat going begging in Milton Keynes at the end of 2011, when the Queanbeyan native's new contract expires.
“I will not deny that it is very appealing,” Alguersuari told Spanish newspaper Diario Sport
, when asked about the prospect of doing battle for F1 World Championship glory at Red Bull Racing. “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.
“There is no doubt that it is the place I want to be. For me, Red Bull and Toro Rosso are the same family; they've supported me since I was 15, and trusted me for their F1 programme when I had no experience.”