Having missed out on the coveted Red Bull seat, Jean Eric Vergne will nevertheless remain in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso for at least another year, but the team are in no rush to make a decision on who will replace Daniel Ricciardo.
In a statement congratulating Ricciardo, Tost said, “As to who will replace Daniel at Toro Rosso in 2014, we will now look at all our options and make a decision at a later date, as there is no immediate need to rush.”
Even before Ricciardo’s appointment, speculation over Toro Rosso’s next driver was rife, with the perception being that Antonio Felix da Costa – next in line in the energy drinks’ young driver programme – would step up.
But the most recent reports indicate that highly rated Felipe Nasr has entered the picture, and reportedly has substantial backing from Banco do Brasil and Sky Brasil.
Also an option for Red Bull is to promote young Carlos Sainz Junior who impressed during his stint in the Toro Rosso during the Young Drivers Test at Silverstone in July.
Meanwhile, despite losing out to Ricciardo on promotion, Vergne has done enough to retain his seat for 2014 with Toro Rosso.
Red Bull consultant Helmet Marko said, ” Jean-Eric [Vergne] will have another opportunity next year at Toro Rosso. He is also slightly younger — he just needs to have patience.” (GP247)
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