F1 » Red Bull men in fight for Toro Rosso seats

Franz Tost reveals Toro Rosso is only looking at Red Bull drivers for its 2012 F1 line-up

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November 04, 2011 12:49 AM

Ricciardo as the main talent, Algersuari hanging in by the skin of his teeth due to a strong finish to this season and Vergne applying the blow-torch to his seat. And even then, Algersuari is lucky to hold the seat. It shouldn't take the threat of being sacked to pull some performance out of a driver.

Buemi has no chance at staying. He's had plenty of time to prove his worth and hasn't. Sorry dude, now it's someone else's turn.

Then Ricciardo to Red Bull as soon as Webber vacates, my guess 2013.

John - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 1:13 AM

Ricciardo obviously has done very very well. Outpaced liuzzi did very well in Abu Dhabi with the RB6 and did well for Torro Rosso, i rate him above all Vergne, Alg and Buemi.

He should take Webbers seat in 2013.

cockroach - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 7:32 AM

Now that young Daniel has learn't the Pirrelli's he will do well in in a car that isn't a snail. I think he will be quick out of the box given the chance next year!

kasser - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 8:15 AM

Agree with all the comments above about Ricciardo.

Alguersuari seems to be improving and showing some consistancy of late. He is still young.

It is really great to have the Torro Rosso team giving new young drivers a chance.

yzf750 - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 10:14 AM

buemi and alguersuari are both not bad drivers at all and have the pace and craft to warrant there places on the grid. but red bull are obviousley searching for the next superstar. and the very best formula 1 drivers dont need time to develop. they eg, schumacher,raikkonen,alonso,hamilton,kubica,vettel just came out at the start and where fantastic. none of those four red bull drivers have anything like the impact them great drivers did on there arrival to formula 1, bar vergne as he hasnt had his chance yet.


November 04, 2011 3:38 PM


How much can Ricciardo do in an HRT? Very little, it's not on the level that the Jordan/Benetton, Sauber, Minardi, Mclaren, BMW, BMW/Toro Rosso were for each of the drivers you mentioned. Even the Minardi was more competitive than the HRT. Ricciardo deserves a chance at Toro Rosso, I imagine that he may well be joined by Vergne in the middle of next year. At the moment I rate them very evenly in terms of talent, but it's often not until F1 than the true ability of two evenly matched lower formulae drivers becomes clear(eg Vettel and di Resta? Sorry Paul)

yzf750 - Unregistered

November 05, 2011 9:02 AM

Mr qwerty

I agree with you about the quality of the cars the other drivers had compared to the HRT car, bar Alonso's Minardi.How much more could Ricciardo do?, I think beating Karthikayen, and liuzzi by a larger margin, if at all would be a good start. I can remember Alonso outqualifying Marques by 2.5 seconds in the same car.
I also agree with your last comment, as history backs it up, but di Resta hasnt done a bad job at all this year and considering he was driving a tin top last year!

Wobbly Bob - Unregistered

November 09, 2011 11:56 AM

Alguersuari and Ricciardo next year.
Jaime is a decent benchmark to measure Ricciardo against.
The whole Vettel was amazing and won in a Toro Rosso is irrelevant.. Yes he is a great driver. But only on this years performance would I say that. Yes he won in a Toro Rosso... back when Toro Rosso were still using Red Bull's knowledge and design...
I loved the bit Eddie Jordan did on the Qualifying for the BBC coverage about the midfield teams. He went into Toro Rosso and said something along the lines of 'So now Red Bull have wrapped up the championships will they be devoting some time and resources to helping you finish the season strongly?' ...to which the reply was 'We're an independant team'
No to sky... Yes to the BBC... get rid of EJ though...

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