Jaime Alguersuari has admitted he was not happy when he learned that Mark Webber had secured a new contract with Red Bull for 2012.
Spaniard Alguersuari and his Toro Rosso teammate Sebastien Buemi were hoping they would be considered for the seat at the energy drink-owned company’s main team.
Instead, they are now regarded as being in a fight to secure the single race cockpit alongside likely Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo next season.
Asked by Spanish radio Cadena SER if he is upset about Red Bull’s decision to re-sign Webber, Alguersuari admitted flatly: “Absolutely.
“I want to be with a team that can win races. I am very happy with Toro Rosso and delighted that I got to go to Formula One at (the age of) 19, but I want to win.”
In an apparent swipe at 35-year-old Australian Webber, Alguersuari added: “If I was constantly half a second behind my teammate, I would be out.”
The 21-year-old hailed his career-best run to seventh place at Monza as “one of my best races”, but offered only barbed praise for 2011 champion-elect Vettel’s victory.
“He has a car that allows him to do the poles and win all the races that he has,” said Alguersuari.