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Berger: Toro Rosso got driver call right

Gerhard Berger back Toro Rosso's driver decision for the 2012 season
Gerhard Berger has backed Toro Rosso's decision to replace both Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi for the 2012 F1 season.

Berger, who previously owned half of the team alongside Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz before selling his share back to the businessman, insisted that the decision was the right one to take despite being 'hard' for all concerned.

Speaking with Motorsport-Total, Berger argued that neither Alguersuari or Buemi had shown themselves to be good enough to possibly replace Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel if either were to leave Red Bull – leaving the drinks company to explore other options as it looks to the future for its title winning team.

“I think it's correct, although it is very hard," he said. "For the drivers it's always hard, but for Red Bull and Toro Rosso, it's about preparing drivers - ideally from the Red Bull-pool.

"They need to find one that will eventually be the successor of Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel when they move on. The demand for Red Bull is the highest, as we know, and the two (Buemi and Alguersuari) are at most average."

Berger added that he was particularly looking forward to seeing what World Series by Renault runner-up Jean-Eric Vergne - who will now partner Daniel Ricciardo in the new look line-up - is capable of.

"I've heard a lot of good things about the young Frenchman - maybe he's a new Sebastian Vettel," he added. "You have to try it, otherwise you do not know."



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harv - Unregistered

December 29, 2011 3:23 AM

People saying these drivers could do better than Webber seem to forget some of the things Webber did in an average car - like qualifying a Jaguar, which was probably worse than the Torro Rosso, on the front row, or challenging for a win in the Williams (which was a dog) at Monaco (before his engine blew) including lapping his team mate Rosberg. I do agree that the two TR drivers were treated harshly, but saying that what they have done suggests they are as fast as Webber is a bit far fetched. Webber wasn't on his game this year, but still managed the fastest lap in 7 races - one of the few things he beat Vettel at this year (and it's clear Vettel tries hard for those too, but only getting 3 this year).

Matt - Unregistered

December 29, 2011 3:03 AM

I guess it takes a average driver to know one !! Any one remember Berger having his behind handed to him by Senna who gave him a win because they were mates.



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