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Mateschitz: Toro Rosso has to improve

Toro Rosso told to improve by Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz after difficult 2012 season
Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has warned Toro Rosso that it must improve in 2013 after a tough season saw the team drop to ninth in the F1 standings.

Despite an impressive young driver pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, the team was able to score just 26 points all year – the same as ousted Jaime Alguersuari had managed alone the previous season.

Much was made of the issues the team faced with the STR7, with technical director Giorgio Ascanelli being replaced by former Force India and Sauber man James Key, and Mateschitz said improvements had to come next year.

“Toro Rosso is still our rookie team and its goals differ from those of Red Bull Racing,” he told the new FIA magazine AUTO. “But that's not to say we're happy with the development of the car.

“Significant improvements need to be found and are being called for.”

While changes to the technical side of the team have taken place, Ricciardo and Vergne remain in an unchanged driver line-up for 2013.




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Oli

December 10, 2012 11:51 AM

STR seems like an ass of a team to work for. All the Red Bull and STR management seem to do is moan that either the drivers are not good enough or the car is not good enough. Whilst I didn't particularly rate either Buemi or Alguersuari, they way the team treated them was quite poor I think. Especially for Alguersuari, who had a firm offer from Lotus and turned them down out of loyalty to Red Bull because he was told he'd kept his seat at STR, only to then be told later that actually they were dumping him. Oli



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