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Vergne the best F1 driver to leave Toro Rosso – Tost

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost believes Jean-Eric Vergne is the best F1 driver to be leaving Toro Rosso and not moving to Red Bull
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost believes Jean-Eric Vergne is the best driver to be leaving Toro Rosso and not moving to Red Bull.

It was announced ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix that Vergne will be replaced by Max Verstappen in 2015, with the 16-year-old moving in to F1 after just one season of single-seater racing. With former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo having moved up to Red Bull at the start of this year, Vergne's future is uncertain but Tost says he is the best driver to not be promoted.

“From the drivers so far I think he is the best, yes,” Tost said. “Although Sebastien Buemi also did a good job and is also a highly-skilled driver, which he shows at Toyota.”

As a result, Tost says he feels Vergne deserves a seat with another team next season.

“Regarding JEV I really hope he gets a seat in Formula One because JEV couldn't show his real potential until now because of the team; the car simply was not reliably enough. Therefore for the second half of the season I hope he gets the chance to show this because for me he would have deserved to stay in Formula One.”

Defending Toro Rosso's decision to replace Vergne, Tost said it was not because he isn't a good enough driver.

“Don't forget the philosophy of Toro Rosso. It's the team for the young drivers and after three years you are no longer a young driver.”



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Googolplex

August 27, 2014 12:47 PM

Other top teams should pay attention to the fact JEV compares very well to Dan, and if given better equipment he might give the established highly paid names a run for their money, just as Dan has done. Also, he will come at a bargain basement price.

Strider

August 27, 2014 1:21 PM
Last Edited 249 days ago

Feel for JEV but Tost is right, Toro Rosso has a purpose, to nurture the talents of Red Bull's young drivers. JEV has proven his worth and he and Riccairdo were so closely matched as team mates, will be surprised if he doesn't get a drive next year. If worse comes to worst and he needs to pay for a drive Red Bull should cough up some spare change and help him out.



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