Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost expects to keep Jean-Eric Vergne in his team next year as he looks set to be passed over for the Red Bull drive.
Vergne’s team mate Daniel Ricciardo had a test for Red Bull at Silverstone last week and is in competition for a seat at the team with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen.
However Tost said that missing out on the Red Bull drive will not necessarily mean the end of Vergne’s F1 career. “I’m convinced that Jean-Eric Vergne will race next year for Toro Rosso,” he said.
Tost claimed Ricciardo’s greater experience than Vergne – he spent the second half of 2011 racing for HRT – made him a more attractive option to Red Bull.
“We must not forget that Jean-Eric came later into Formula One and why Red Bull Racing is thinking about racing with Daniel Ricciardo next year is simpoy because he is more experienced,” said Tost.
“He showed a very good performance in the first half of the season but Jean-Eric Vergne is quite close to him and it’s not that Jean-Eric Vergne is out of the team he is, as far as I’m thinking next year, within Toro Rosso.”
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