Can anyone tell me why on earth Toro Rosso would take Nasr, he doesn’t have any link with Red Bull, does he? If Nasr were a super talent, I could understand if they would want to hire him, but if they just want a capable driver as a stop-gap for a worthy candidate from their own development program, then I can think of a few other names, both inside and out of GP2 (Bird, Wickens, Frijns, if he hadn’t insulted them, to name a few).
But I think Antonio Felix da Costa is a worthy driver, and they should give him a try. I believe motor racing is a difficult sport, where a lot of factors outside a driver’s control can prevent him from getting good results, so a driver should be judged first on the highs he has demonstrated he can reach, and last year’s highs were very high indeed. I haven’t followed this year FR3.5 championship closely, but I don’t believe AFdC has been consistently slow.
If Toro Rosso’s raison d’etre is to evaluate young drivers, they should just go ahead and evaluate him.