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Red Bull boss not ready to consider Vergne/Ricciardo

Horner admits his delight with Toro Rosso's progress, but says it's too early to consider their drivers' for Red Bull
Red Bull Team Principal, Christian Horner, says it is too early to judge whether Toro Rosso driver's Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo are ready to make the jump to the mother team.

The pair have scored 20 points combined for Toro Rosso this season, with Vergne's sixth place at the 2013 F1 Canadian Grand Prix being the team's highlight.

Red Bull's Horner insists he is pleased with the duo's progress but believes it is too early to make a judgement on either of them joining his team in the near future.

“It's great to see the progress they are making," he was quoted by Planet-F1.

"I think the two of them are both very capable drivers and they are feeding off each other. They almost alternate over different weekends, and it is great to see young talent starting to flourish.

"It is still too early to make a call, but we have all the information through working with those guys and we are following them closely.”

There is growing speculation that the second Red Bull seat could be up for grabs for the 2014 season, with Mark Webber rumoured to be considering his future in the sport.

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11.05.2013- Qualifying, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
09.06.2013- Race, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
09.06.2013- Race, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
08.06.2013- Free Practice, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
07.06.2013- Friday Press Conference,  left to right - top row Stefano Domenicali (ITA) Team Principal, Scuderia Ferrari, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director , Martin Whitmarsh (GBR), Chief Executive Officer Mclaren, bottom row Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT) Sauber Team Principal and Ross Brawn (GBR), Team Principal, Mercedes GP
11.05.2013- Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
11.05.2013- Qualifying, Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director

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June 12, 2013 7:29 PM

Read between the lines: Unless they do something spectacular over the remainder of the season AND Weber moves on - which means no more clumsy moves or incidents, they stay at STR for one more season. Bottom line, Weber is not going anywhere - he'll be resigned in August for one more season as is the usual - he and Horner are close, they will work something out. The only people who think he's moving on are media drama queens and hysterics who believe a driver will toss his entire career in the bin over a minor team-mate spat.


June 12, 2013 6:04 PM

I think it's one of those weird things in F1 concerning driver perception that they are now considered to be about equal after two -admittedly- good races by Vergne. Last year Ricciardo was clearly better than Vergne and was unlucky in the races while Vergne had a couple of fluke results. This year the difference might be less pronounced but still I think Ricciardo clearly has more speed. Vergne is almost like the underdog in that battle that everyone seems to root for and only has to beat Ricciardo a few times to make people take notice while Ricciardo has been beating him all the time... Same with people still thinking Kovalainen was a great driver...sigh...

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