American youngster Scott Speed has refused to comment on speculation that he could be set to split with Red Bull at the end of the season.

The iSport driver is one of a number of young drivers to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team but, despite impressing in a third driver role at the United States and Canadian Grand Prix, the 22-year old is highly unlikely to be able to find a role in F1 with Red Bull Racing in 2006, with David Coulthard already confirmed in his seat and Christian Klien and Vitantonio Liuzzi set to battle for the role of his team-mate - the loser likely to end up performing third driver duties.

Although there is still a chance that Speed could still battle for the third driver seat at RBR, rumours have suggested that Speed could instead elect to sever his ties with Red Bull in order to seek a role elsewhere in F1, with Williams and BAR - both of whom have strong US links - touted as possibilities.

However, there is a possibility that Speed might not feature in F1 next season, with a test scheduled in the Team USA A1GP car later this week at Paul Ricard. Whatever his future plans, however, Speed says there will be no announcement until the Italian Grand Prix at Monza next weekend.

"As far as my Formula One stuff goes, we'll be making an official press release in Monza," he said, "so you'll find out then."

 

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