Scott Speed is returning back to his native United States in a bid to further his career after his rather unceremonious drop from the Scuderia Toro Rosso team ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Following weeks of speculation that relations between himself and team bosses Gerhard Berger and Franz Tost had reached a new low, a physical altercation between Speed and Tost ended with the American - the first in Formula 1 since 1993 - being dropped with immediate effect.

Ending a disappointing stint that yielded no points in 28 races, Speed, who established his reputation whilst racing in Europe, is now heading back to the United States for the first time since 2003, in a bid to rebuild his career and claims he is already in talks with top teams in several series'.

"Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of driving at the some of the most challenging and exciting racing circuits in the world. It did not always go the way I wanted, but Formula 1 Racing had been a great experience for me, and I really appreciate the support from all of my fans. It has made me a stronger, smarter and a better racer," he told his personal website.

"I am coming back to America on a fact-finding tour, looking at the various racing series, and talking with some of the top American teams. Initial interest has been positive, so I look forward to having some productive chats and finding the right fit for me."

Indeed, while Speed severed ties with Berger and Tost on less than favourable terms, long-time sponsor Red Bull are nonetheless maintaining their backing of the 24-year-old and he is excited about the opportunities their marketing strength could bring.

"As I approach the question of 'what's next?', I wanted to begin with those who have been the most supportive of my talents and potential, as such, Red Bull Austria was the natural choice. I have had a great meeting with Dietrich Mateschitz, who became very excited about the possibility of my racing back in the good ol' USA. We will see where it leads."

Initial speculation has suggested Speed could chase a seat in the Champ Car World Series, not least because Red Bull already have a major presence there courtesy of Neel Jani and are likely to seek an American figurehead to replace AJ Allmendinger.

Furthermore, organisers have made no secret of the fact they would like more American's racing in the championship. Currently, just Graham Rahal and Alex Figge fly the flag for the home nation.

 

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