F1 » Tost: STR drivers 'impressive', but chances not taken

STR team boss Franz Tost has backed the efforts of Danile Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne despite a tough start to their first season with the Italian squad.

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Alan - Unregistered

July 12, 2012 12:25 PM

STR would want to start looking at themselfs when it comes to rating people.

They are known for using a policy of attacking and criticising their drivers like they did last year when they had 2 good drivers in Alguersuari and Buemi.

They went and replaced them with 2 average drivers and have now gone backwards, Time for a management change i think.


July 12, 2012 1:50 PM


I agree 100% regarding STR but regarding the drivers, Buemi was average apart from the odd good race. I struggle to see how RBR would benefit him been in the main team. I wouldn't be surprised to see Alguersuari back next year, I think he did enough to justify another season, I'll be amazed to see Buemi back in F1 unless it's a pay drive with one of the back markers.


July 12, 2012 2:05 PM

i think that str have been a little unfortunate with their results. ricciardo certainly has not shown any of the expected speed, and when starting behind dr, jev has been ahead of him after a couple of laps. but then jev has gone and messed up. so of the two, jev seems to be the best prospect, if he can be persuaded to calm down a bit.


July 12, 2012 2:31 PM


Ricciardo is out qualifying his team mate who's highly rated. Going to be hard for either to score many points as that car is at the tail end of the midfield.

You said going to HRT was a massive mistake for him so on your analysis he'll be quite happy as it should mean he'll be in a Red Bull when Mark retires :p You either dislike him or can't admit your wrong.


July 12, 2012 3:18 PM

taz. qualifying does not indicate race pace! i think that in nearly every race, jev has ended up in front of dr, after a few laps, so he is a quick starter. and dont forget, as you say, dr has f1 experience and jev hasnt. i still think that hrt was a bit of a mistake! not rating him is a total difference to not liking. and so far, there has been nothing to indicate that i was wrong!
and as for rbr, they have said that neither driver is anywhere near the standard for a seat.
and i now think that mark will still be in the bull in 2014, so if either of the drivers want to get there, they both have to raise their game


July 12, 2012 8:52 PM

Some context perhaps? Both are doing just as well as either Buemi or Alguersuari at similar levels of experience. The Saubers and Lotuses have stepped forward and the Toro Rosso haven't. It is the ninth quickest car so it's unfair to expect as regular point finishes as last year.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

July 12, 2012 8:54 PM

You can't really compare the current drivers with the level that Buemi and Jaime had at the end of their 2nd year. Obviously we will have to wait until next season for that.

Basically, JEV must improve his qualifying and Daniel his racecraft. At least, they know what to do...

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