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Toro Rosso reveals new driver line-up for F1 2012

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

Scuderia Toro Rosso has named Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne as its two drivers for F1 2012.

Ricciardo and Vergne have both come through the Red Bull Junior Driver programme and the decision to promote them was apparently taken by the team in 'conjunction with Red Bull'.

Toro Rosso will now go into the new season with a completely new line-up, the first time it has done so since its debut year back in 2006.

“I am pleased that we have been able to reach an early decision on our drivers for next year, because it means we can all give our full attention to 2012, without any distractions,” said team boss, Franz Tost.

“Over the past year, both Daniel and Jean-Eric have proved their worth and I expect them to make a significant contribution to the team's performance next year.

“Daniel has the benefit of having actually raced in Grand's Prix for much of this year [with HRT], while Jean-Eric proved he could adapt quickly to the demands of driving a F1 car.

“As they have both worked with the team and its engineers very recently, this should allow us to get up to speed right from the start of winter testing in a couple of months time.”

Tost meanwhile paid tribute to outgoing drivers' Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari, both of whom are surplus to requirements and now face an uncertain future.

“I must thank Sebastien and Jaime for all their hard work over the past three seasons. They have delivered some excellent performances which have helped the team move forward and develop. We wish them well for the future. However, one has to remember that when Scuderia Toro Rosso was established in 2005, it was done so with the intention of providing a first step into F1 for the youngsters in the Red Bull Junior Driver programme,” Tost explained.

“It is therefore part of the team's culture to change its driver line-up from time to time in order to achieve this goal.”

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24.11.2011- Press conference, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), HRT Formula One Team
24.11.2011- Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), HRT Formula One Team
25.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), Test Driver, Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
12.11.2011- Saturday Practice, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), Test Driver, Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
11.11.2011- Friday Practice 1, Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA), Test Driver, Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR6
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Porcelina - Unregistered

December 14, 2011 5:20 PM

I'm glad Helmur Marko wants STR to 'maintain its culture' and ambitions to be the eighth team on the grid for the rest of its days. Alguersuari might not be quite as fast as Vettel, but his maturity is staggering. Just look at the way he hounded Rosberg in Korea for that seventh place, or set the pace of the middle pack in Korea, or pressured Petrov in Brazil for that final point. If he doesn't secure a drive for next year then it's a tragedy for the sport, when even Pastor ****ing Maldonado can get a seat.

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