F1 » New line-up for Toro Rosso in F1 2012

All change at Toro Rosso for 2012 with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne both getting seats

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Chop Chop - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 12:29 AM

The team should have decide earlier. Now they have certainly left with no car in 2012.
Sorry for both drivers.
It must be Marko, he couldn't find car for Daniel Ricciardo in other team. So he pushed both drivers out of the seats. Good luck for both drivers.

JohnnyCarwash - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 1:11 AM

While I can accept dropping one driver for new talent, I am FUMING Alguersuari has been dropped for Vergne, who may I add was beaten by none other than Robert Wickens, someone who Red Bull dropped from their driver scheme. It's just complete lunacy, STR need to rid themselves of Tost and Marko asap...bring back Berger!

There is no two ways about it - Alguersuari had a storming year and some of his race performances, on alternative strategies, were stunning! Totally deserved another season. Vergne has not done enough to merit his chance.

On another note, I wonder what Cepsa think of this?

I'm gonna put some moolah on Williamson being at STR for 2013...


December 15, 2011 1:34 AM

Just an observation - all those saying Algersuari did well only ever mention the back half of the season.

JA may or may not have deserved another year (I lean towards yes), but Buemi was definitely a dead horse not worth flogging. Vernge is very lucky to get a drive - I think it may have been due to the STR phylosophy of 'new young talent' in combination with some glimpes of speed, whereas Ricciardo I believe has made it solely on talent.

I'm very excited for Ricciardo, I think he'll do some great things in F1.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 1:41 AM

Newsflash for Trent, The journo whoconducted JEV's interview recognised that he -well- overinterpreted his words...Funny how the negative even if false remains.

As for STR, they seem ti improve a bit, they fired their drivers in the middle of December and not just before the season starts...It might still be too late.

At this rate, the DTM, WEC and GT1 championship will be full of ex F1 drivers...

Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 1:44 AM

"I think it may have been due to the STR phylosophy of 'new young talent' in combination with some glimpes of speed"

From what I read, RBR engineers were genuinely impressed with Vergne. Sometimes, a good job interview really makes the difference.


December 15, 2011 1:48 AM

Mart993 said earlier that getting into F1 is the easy bit -staying there is the trick, F1 is no place for journeymen. Yet, F1 currently has quite a few wrinkly old butts in seats that could be used for new talent. What are Tonio, Rubens, Felipe, Pedro, Timo or Jarno really contributing to their teams or the spectacle of F1? They have all had their chances in decent cars and been trounced by their teammates. If experienced drivers help develop the cars, then put them in the development team for a Friday drive. F1 seats should be for the exceptionally talented (and the search for them) not geriatrics looking to top up their superannuation. If youve had a couple of seasons in a good car and didnt shine then say goodbye. Jaime is good, Im sure he will remain in F1 somewhere.

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