A young Portuguese driver has climbed a rung of energy drink-owned outfit Red Bull’s ‘Junior Team’ ladder.
Last Saturday, Filipe Albuquerque made his maiden appearance at the wheel of a formula one car.
Albuquerque, who currently drives in the World Series by Renault, replaced Michael Ammermuller at an event after the team’s usual test regular injured his wrist in the GP2 season opener in Bahrain this month.
The 22-year-old drove last year’s Toro Rosso single seater – with a Red Bull Racing livery – on the streets of Cartagena, in Colombia, for a formula one demonstration.
He praised Red Bull for backing young drivers on the path to grand prix racing, and joked that he “wouldn’t have anything against it” when asked if he will one day be seen on the F1 grid.
“It’s really hard to get sponsorship to go racing,” said Albuquerque, whose backing first moved him into Spanish F3 and later Formula Renault.
He added: “Without Red Bull I would probably be at home studying.”