Red Bull End US Driver Search Programme

Red Bull have abandoned their American young driver search programme, just four years after it was created to try and help the nation return to the Formula One grid

Red Bull End US Driver Search Programme

Although the programme initially hoped to get several American drivers into Grand Prix racing and competing at a European level, Red Bull have now decided that with Scott Speed set to drive for their second F1 team next year they have already achieved their aims.

A statement issued by Red Bull on Monday said that the company would no longer conduct a formal or organised search for drivers, although it would continue to monitor rising American talent.

The Red Bull Driver Search's current graduates Speed, Colin Fleming and John Edwards will all still receive backing from the company. Fleming is currently racing in World Series by Renault, while Edwards is competing in the Formula Renault Eurocup.

The statement issued by Red Bull said: "The Red Bull Driver Search has put American drivers back on the map in the top tiers of European open-wheel racing.

"Most importantly, the program has achieved the significant feat of placing an American in the leading category of world motorsport, Formula One. Globally, Red Bull continues to be one of the leading supporters of open-wheel racing."

The Red Bull programme had initially been scheduled to run for a minimum of five years, with the aim of getting several drivers to F1.

A press release issued in 2003 said: "The long term goal is to have a steady group of 4 to 6 American drivers racing in Europe, groomed to break into Formula One and compete for the World Championship."

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