Toro Rosso boss plays down Ricciardo versus Vergne rivalry

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 and Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 battle. Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 22 April 2012. BEST IMAGE

Daniel Ricciardo versus Jean-Eric Vergne

May 10 (GMM) It is too early to name a Toro Rosso frontrunner for a seat at Red Bull’s premier team claims Franz Tost, the team principal of the energy drink company’s junior team.

Following the ousting of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, the Faenza based outfit has two new Red Bull youngsters to groom in 2012.

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne are therefore at the front of the queue to potentially replace Mark Webber at the senior team, even though Red Bull chiefs have appeared to indicate that Australian Webber is staying put for now.

So when asked by Austria’s Laola1 whether Ricciardo or Vergne is winning the race to the Red Bull seat so far, Tost insisted: “We have no thoughts about that. The important thing is that they continue to develop in every area.”

So far, Frenchman Vergne has four points compared with Ricciardo’s two.

“Jean-Eric is willing to take more risks,” Tost said, “while Daniel has a grasp of the car overall with his extra experience.”