Speed is considered by all parties to be definite choice for Minardi next year. Ironically is seems that, while Red Bull is trying to place Klien, it is equally keen to hang on to Speed. Shortly before Red Bull's negotiations with Paul Stoddart became public it was announced that Speed would become a test driver for Red Bull Racing. At the time Williams were taking a keen interest in him, and it is thought that the announcement was made as a signal that the American would not be available.
Intriguingly, Speed drives for the iSport GP2 outfit, in which Sir Frank's son Jonathan – the F1 team's influential talent scout – is involved. He would also clearly be of interest to Budweiser, one of the few current sponsors expected to stay with Williams next year. More at Sky Sports