Toro Rosso Confirms Ricciardo & Vergne

Daniel Ricciardo climbs aboard his Toro Rosso Formula One car.
Daniel Ricciardo climbs aboard his Toro Rosso Formula One car.

Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed its current drivers — Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne — will return for the 2013 Formula One season.

It will be the second year with the team for both of them.

“Both drivers have done a good job this season,” said team manager Franz Tost. “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 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 is happy to be returning to the team.

“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,” he said. “There are big expectations for next year and I’m ready and willing to fulfill 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.”

“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,” said Vergne. “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.”