December 14, 2011
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Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo will be at Toro Rosso next year
Toro Rosso is to completely reshuffle its driver line-up for next year.
Current drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi, who have been at the team for 3 years, have both been dropped by the team.
They will be replaced by former HRT driver Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne, who has tested for Red Bull and Toro Rosso. Both of these drivers have been part of the Red Bull Development Drivers scheme.
Team principal Franz Tost noted that Toro Rosso’s “culture” has been about changing drivers frequently:
"I must thank Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari for all their hard work over the
past three seasons.
They have delivered some excellent performances which have helped the team move
forward and develop. We wish them well for the future.
However, one has to remember that when Scuderia Toro Rosso was established in
2005, it was done so with the intention of providing a first step into Formula
1 for the youngsters in the Red Bull Junior Driver programme. It is therefore
part of the team’s culture to change its driver line-up from time to time in
order to achieve this goal."
Both Ricciardo and Vergne have tested for Toro Rosso in Friday practice in 2011, and both will make their Grand Prix debut on March 18th in Melbourne next year.