F1 » Horner coy on Toro Rosso duo

Horner admits his delight with Toro Rosso's progress, but says it's too early to consider their drivers' for Red Bull

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June 12, 2013 6:04 PM

I think it's one of those weird things in F1 concerning driver perception that they are now considered to be about equal after two -admittedly- good races by Vergne. Last year Ricciardo was clearly better than Vergne and was unlucky in the races while Vergne had a couple of fluke results. This year the difference might be less pronounced but still I think Ricciardo clearly has more speed.

Vergne is almost like the underdog in that battle that everyone seems to root for and only has to beat Ricciardo a few times to make people take notice while Ricciardo has been beating him all the time...

Same with people still thinking Kovalainen was a great driver...sigh...


June 12, 2013 7:01 PM

jjj. last year vergne was taken out a few times, most notably by schumi when on his way to his best result. he qualies behind ricciardo, but normally races ahead of him. even this year, he has been catching ricciardo more often than not an seems to have improved his qualy. and look at practice times,he nearly always is faster than ricciaro in Canada he had a clear race and even in the str, was able to stay ahead of more worthies. of the two in str, I see vergne as being the one with most potential.
re kovi, was he even mentioned? but anyway, he is not great, but he is a hell of a lot better than some on the grid. certainly better than your countryman! (not too difficult)


June 12, 2013 7:29 PM

Read between the lines: Unless they do something spectacular over the remainder of the season AND Weber moves on - which means no more clumsy moves or incidents, they stay at STR for one more season. Bottom line, Weber is not going anywhere - he'll be resigned in August for one more season as is the usual - he and Horner are close, they will work something out. The only people who think he's moving on are media drama queens and hysterics who believe a driver will toss his entire career in the bin over a minor team-mate spat.


June 13, 2013 2:03 AM

I feel bad for these the STR guys. Until MW or SV leave they are pretty much stuck where they are. I wonder if they have a clause to goto another team if offered? I feel that it's hard for anyone at STR to repeat what SV did. They're basically RBR on probably 1/2 the budget and Newey isn't designing the car as well. Also I'm not sure Ric or Vergne are any better than Buemi or Alg that were their before them.


June 13, 2013 8:53 AM

If Webber leaves I suspect the driver they want to partner Vettel is Raikonnen, he is out of contract next season and would give them two world champions. Sorry for Ricciardo and Vergne but like their predecessors I believe they will be found wanting when the time comes.

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