Toro Rosso confirms Vergne and Ricciardo to continue in 2013

Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo appear at the launch of the new Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7 at the Circuito de Jerez on February 6, 2012 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.

Jean Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo

Oct.31 (Toro Rosso) Scuderia Toro Rosso have confirmed that it will continue with its current driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the 2013 Formula One season. It will be the second year with the team for both of them.

Franz Tost Toro RossoFranz Tost commented, “Both drivers have done a good job this season. Daniel joined us with a few grands prix under his belt and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful while Jean-Eric got up to speed, often having to deal with tracks he had never seen before. Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and their racecraft on track. We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent.”

This year was Ricciardo’s first full F1 season with the team, although Red Bull did finance half a season with HRT last year for the Australian. For Vergne 2012 was his rookie season in F1. Toro Rosso is backed by Red Bull and acknowledged as the de facto junior team in the energy drinks empire.

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JULY 08:  Jean-Eric Vergne of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso leads from team mate Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia Toro Rosso during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 8, 2012 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jean-Eric Vergne; Daniel RicciardoRicciardo said, “I am really pumped to know that I am continuing with Scuderia Toro Rosso for another season and want to thank the team and Red Bull. There are big expectations for next year and I’m ready and willing to fulfil them. I feel I have been growing and developing as a driver and my approach to the technical side of the sport has also progressed this year, so I am sure that will serve me well in my second season with Toro Rosso. We have had quite a tough season, but despite that, I have always enjoyed a good relationship with all the guys and I am delighted at the idea of working with them for another year.”

Vergne said, “I am really happy about this great news. Thank you Toro Rosso and thank you Red Bull, who have backed me since the early days of my career. It has been a difficult season and, as a rookie, I have learned a lot, thanks to the support I got and the excellent relationship I have enjoyed with all the guys. I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season. I really believe in this team and with all the experience I have gained, combined with the team’s ambitious plans for next year, I think we can look forward to great things in 2013, attacking all the way.”

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  • Chris

    I believe Vergne was stronger than Ricciardo. Vergne may don’t have the Strength in One lap pace to Daniel but he was Much stronger in Race pace.
    So lets see if Vergne can actually go Quicker than Daniel in next season or not