Jaime Alguersuari has indicated he risked losing his F1 seat this year due to “problems” between Toro Rosso and Red Bull.
In between the 2009 and 2010 seasons, it was strongly rumoured the Faenza based team was considering replacing the then teenage Spaniard with a pay-driver.
Alguersuari, who had debuted only several races earlier due to the mid-season expulsion of Sebastien Bourdais, told Diario Sport in an interview this week that he never felt his career was in jeopardy.
He revealed: “I had a contract with Red Bull and the word of Dietrich Mateschitz. I knew I was a future project for them and that it made no sense for them to make me quickly debut and then leave me out for the next season.
“The only thing about the situation is that Toro Rosso had economic and contractual problems with Red Bull, but I just kept doing my work in a calm way,” added Alguersuari.
Having taken a tangible step forward in comparison to his teammate Sebastien Buemi this year, Alguersuari admits he would like to be in a fully competitive car sooner rather than later.
“Red Bull has a winning car and I must fight to have one as well,” he said.
Earlier rumours suggested Mark Webber might move on at the end of 2010, opening up a cockpit for Alguersuari or his teammate Sebastien Buemi, but speculation is now strengthening that Red Bull will retain its current lineup next season.
“I am learning, and if some day I can take the wheel of a Red Bull or win a world championship with them, it would be fantastic,” admitted Alguersuari.