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Mateschitz: Toro Rosso must improve

10 December 2012

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.