Tost says Vettel currently best driver in F1

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Toro Rosso celebrates victory with Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal. Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, Sunday 14 September 2008.

Franz Tost and Sebastian Vettel celebrate victory in the 2008 Italian GP

Aug.16 (PVM) Team principal Franz Tost relishes the role of developing young talented drivers, in the tradition of the Minardi team which morphed into Toro Rosso, and believes that Toro Rosso graduate Sebastian Vettel is the best Formula 1 driver of the current era.

Tost told “My pecking order goes like this: “Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg. Vettel doesn’t need much comment – he’s got everything inside and outside the car that a driver must have to be champion.”

“Hamilton I really do like. His is the way guys should race in F1 – he’s aggressive and, of course, that results in shunts sometimes, but he’s got what it takes to put on a good show. Alonso is fiendishly clever, in the car and in team politics, and Rosberg I believe could win the championship when he’s got a good car,” said Tost.

Of the next generation Tost said, “I would pick three: Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean. Renault burned Grosjean when they teamed him up with Alonso, but I still believe he’s got huge potential.”

Of Toro Rosso’s current drivers – Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi – Tost commented, “They are still deep in it. They are moving forward – that was clearly visible in the last couple of races, with the last race seeing both of them in the points – so let’s wait and see how the second half of the season works out. Then at the end of the year we will sit together with Red Bull to discuss who will sit in our cars in 2012.”

Vettel scored Toro Rosso’s first and only Grand Prix victory at Monza in 2008 with the Austrian at the helm of the squad. When asked about the world champions dip in form in recent races, Tost said, “Who says that he has to win all the time? Many drivers won their championship with one or two wins and the rest was good front-running positions. I think now he should think of bringing the title home, and once it is secured he can go back to brawling.”

  • Butterfly

    Alonso is first, followed by Hamilton. Third space is reserved, since nobody else comes close to these two, then comes Vettel.

    As for Rosberg being good, I don’t know, he’s never won a race, in Singapore 2009 he crossed the white line on the pit exit and threw away a possible podium, so he cracks under pressure.

    Oh, and beating that old-school Schumacher is no guarantee of greatness.

  • Infallible

    I think it’s tough to rank these guys.. Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel all have been world champs..
    Alonso is more mature, Hamilton is an excellent overtaker and Vettel is fresh blood.. he carries more speed..
    But, all three are pleasure to watch when behind the wheel..

  • Andy-London

    I find myself in an unusual situation of having nothing to dislike about Vettel but I just don’t want to see a Redbull win. Lewis and Alonso have been the stars of 2011 so far, extracting more than is humanly possible from their machines, and ironically working together to get the Redbulls off the top spot. However, Vettel wasn’t mentioned at all in Hungary but drove a quietly brilliant race to finish second whilst Hamilton and Alonso grab the main headlines.