Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has admitted that he would be happy if Daniel Ricciardo spends another year with the Red Bull ‘junior team’.
Australian Ricciardo has earned a place in contention for the departing Mark Webber’s 2014 seat at Red Bull. But also in the running is Kimi Raikkonen, amid F1’s hottest rumour that Fernando Alonso also might want to be Sebastian Vettel’s teammate next year.
However Toro Rosso team boss Tost told Speed Week that he sees “no reason” why Red Bull shouldn’t choose 23-year-old Ricciardo over his title-winning rivals.
“Personally,” he admitted, “I would rather see him get another year in the maturing process at Toro Rosso. I mean, we are talking here about Red Bull Racing, the champion team of the last three years.”
“Daniel has never been on a Formula 1 podium, he has not won a race – because our car was not good enough. That’s the only negative I see for him. Otherwise, I think he will have great successes in F1.”
On the other hand, Tost insisted that a young Sebastian Vettel was not so different to Ricciardo when the reigning triple world champion stepped up from Toro Rosso.
“The biggest difference between Vettel and Ricciardo was that Vettel went to Red Bull when it was not a winning team. They grew up together.”
“But Ricciardo must immediately be on the podium and fighting for wins. Perhaps the chance has come a year too early,” added Tost. (GMM)
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