Ricciardo and Vergne to stay at Toro Rosso in 2013

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Daniel Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, Silverstone, 2012Toro Rosso have confirmed Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will remain as their drivers in 2013.

Team principal Franz Tost said: “Both drivers have done a good job this season.

“Daniel joined us with a few Grands Prix under his belt and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful while Jean-Eric got up to speed, often having to deal with tracks he had never seen before.

“Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and their racecraft on track. We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent.”

Ricciardo said the team have “big expectations for next year and I?m ready and willing to fulfil them”.

“I feel I have been growing and developing as a driver and my approach to the technical side of the sport has also progressed this year, so I am sure that will serve me well in my second season with Toro Rosso,” he added.

“We have had quite a tough season, but despite that, I have always enjoyed a good relationship with all the guys and I am delighted at the idea of working with them for another year.”

Vergne said: “I am really happy about this great news. Thank you Toro Rosso and thank you Red Bull, who have backed me since the early days of my career.

“It has been a difficult season and, as a rookie, I have learned a lot, thanks to the support I got and the excellent relationship I have enjoyed with all the guys. I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season.

“I really believe in this team and with all the experience I have gained, combined with the team?s ambitious plans for next year, I think we can look forward to great things in 2013, attacking all the way.”

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43 comments on Ricciardo and Vergne to stay at Toro Rosso in 2013

  1. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 1st November 2012, 4:39

    Good to see STR sticking with these two drivers, they are both talented and deserve another season. That said, STR do have a habit of sacking one driver mid seaon, so they probably shouldn’t rest too easy!

  2. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 1st November 2012, 7:46

    One more year to impress.

    I couldn’t see RedBullRacing ever hiring an established driver such as a Hamilton or Kubica. If they were, it would make their young driver talent search from every corner of the racing world seem almost useless. Depending on the seats available at RBR after next season, I have full confidence, will be a Torro Rosso graduate.

    We might see the worst of the two drivers dropped half way through the season if a seat is available at RBR for 2014, just to evaluate the other talent of another driver as quickly as possible. Unlikely though.

    If there are no seats at RBR for 2014 then a strong possibility that the weakest of the two will be dropped, and will struggle to find a seat any other team like the previous Torro Rosso duo.
    What Ever happens, on thing is for sure, they will have more than their fingers and toes crossed in hoping theres a seat available at RBR for 2014!

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 2nd November 2012, 7:26

    That is good news. I feel like the drivers have done an alright job given the state of the car. The whole team showed a lot of promise back in Melbourne and it was disappointing to see nothing further come of it so hopefully next year we can see them battling further up track.

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