|Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne|
New driver’s line-up for 2012 Scuderia Toro Rosso, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne will drive Toro Rosso for next season. STR announced its conclusion on Wednesday; way out Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi without race seats.
“This is a really big deal for me and something I have wanted ever since I was driving for Toro Rosso on Friday mornings at the races in the first part of last season,” said Ricciardo, who received his F1 race debut courtesy of HRT F1 this year. “To be honest, I am still jumping up and down with excitement at the news.
“In the second half of 2011 I learned a lot from the people I worked with, racing in eleven Grands Prix and I want to thank them for the opportunity they gave me. I have to say that joining Scuderia Toro Rosso was always my real goal, so a big thank you to Red Bull for giving me this fantastic opportunity and now I can’t wait to get to work once testing begins.”
“First of all, I must thank Red Bull for all their support so far and for believing I am ready to take on the ultimate challenge of racing in Formula 1,” 21-year-old Vergne explained. “Christmas has come early for me this year. Having driven for them a few times this year and also testing for Red Bull Racing in Abu Dhabi, I definitely feel ready to make the move, even if I know there is a big difference between testing and actually racing. I enjoyed working with the guys at Toro Rosso this year and I can’t wait to be part of the team for real. Sitting on the grid in Melbourne next March cannot come soon enough.”
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