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Vergne defends Toro Rosso

Jean-Eric Vergne defends Red Bull and Toro Rosso for driver changes ahead of 2012
Jean-Eric Vergne has defended Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko after the decision was taken to replace both Toro Rosso drivers for the 2012 F1 season.

Toro Rosso had been expected to retain both Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi for another season before the announcement was made that Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo were instead promoted into race seats for the new campaign.

It was a move that surprised many – Vergne included – but the Frenchman said he could see why the decision was taken and said any criticism of Marko for his role was unjust.

“Toro Rosso's policy is to develop young drivers,” he told Auto Hebdo. “I think Jaime and Sebastien did a great job, but they were no longer a part of this policy.

“It is true that Helmut Marko is hard on his drivers, but I've always said that if I was him, I would do it exactly the same.

“I have always known that if I was not good enough, I would not be there.”



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Dee - Unregistered

December 22, 2011 2:28 PM

STR is for developing young drivers. Vettel performed well at STR and look where he is now. Both of this season's STR drivers have been in F1 for quite a while now, and while I'm a fan of Alguersuari, they've got 2 good new young drivers who need to be given a shot at F1. For once, I actually agree with Marko's decision.



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