Toro Rosso retain drivers

  • Last Updated: October 31 2012, 16:41 GMT

Toro Rosso duo Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne have been guaranteed their seats for 2013.

Daniel Ricciardo: Will remain with Toro Rosso

The Faenza-based squad have opted to keep faith with Australian Ricciardo and Frenchman Vergne following what has been a tough full season for both drivers.

Explaining his decision, team principal Franz Tost said: "Both drivers have done a good job this season.

"Daniel joined us with a few grands prix under his belt (after racing for HRT at the end of last year) and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful.

"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 race craft 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."

Ricciardo has described himself as "really pumped" knowing he has retained his seat, adding: "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, meanwhile, has admitted to enduring "a difficult season" as a rookie, but is convinced with Toro Rosso's support for a second year, and with knowledge of all the circuits, he can only progress.

Vergne said: "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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