Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost insists that the team won't make a decision on its driver for the 2012 F1 season before the current campaign has come to an end.
The future of both Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari has been called into question in recent months thanks to the impressive performances of test driver Daniel Ricciardo, although the latter's move into a race seat with Hispania at Silverstone has gone some way to relieving the immediate pressure on the pair.
Alguersuari has also done himself no harm with a run of three successive points finishes – despite starting all three races from 18th on the grid – but Tost said the decision on who will be at the wheel of the two Toro Rosso cars next year will not be taken by Red Bull before the end of the season.
“At the start of the season, Ricciardo was out for us on Friday mornings for 90 minutes to learn the different racetracks, how the team works, how to give technical feedback, how to work with the engineers, even how to conduct himself for marketing activities and press work,” Tost said. “Now he's been offered the chance to race, and I can see only advantages in this.
“Participating in FP1 is not the same as doing a complete race weekend, so he will be much better prepared for next year. And he can't drive for Toro Rosso because we have two race drivers who are doing a good job. What our driver pairing will be in 2012, I don't know yet. This will be decided by Red Bull at the end of the season.”