Both Toro Rosso drivers could be axed

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso, Dr Helmut Marko (AUT) Red Bull Motorsport Consultant and Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi with Helmut Marko in Brazil

Nov.27 (GMM) Toro Rosso’s team boss Franz Tost insists he doesn’t know who will be in the race cockpits next year and admits both current drivers could be replaced for 2012.

Tost told Marca sports newspaper that the decision will be referred to team owner Red Bull‘s Salzburg headquarters.

“Right now nothing is decided,” he said, amid rumours Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari might be ousted to make way to newcomers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

“When this race is finished it will go to Salzburg for a detailed analysis of what the drivers have done. They will decide what is best for the team,” said Tost in Brazil.

The Austrian however said he has been satisfied overall with Buemi and Alguersuari in 2011.

“When the car was good, they have had a good performance. Yes, in that way we’re happy,” said Tost.

Swiss Buemi, however, is the more experienced of the pair but he has scored fewer points, even though he has had the lion’s share of the technical problems recently.

“Jaime has had two or three really good races, really good,” said Tost.

But he refused to estimate the chances that he might be working with a new driver in 2012, or possibly Australian Ricciardo as well as Frenchman Vergne.

“There is always the possibility,” said Tost. “Nothing is ruled out at this time.”

  • GrandPrix Fanatic

    They should forget about Ricciardo. He is easily beaten by his Italian teammate. I don’t find anything interesting from him…

  • Tamburello_1994

    I’m still betting they both stay put.

  • Edman

    Sacking both drivers will be a stupid move.If they put Ricciardo and Vergne in the seats then they could be right back at square one with 2 similarly matched drivers in a midfield car with nothing to compare their performance to.
    The best bet would be to keep one of the 2011 drivers, preferably Alguersuari as he seems the quickest and
    most exciting of the two.
    Toro Rosso need to keep one constant, in the form of one of their existing drivers, in order to properly gauge one of the new drivers performance.