Toro Rosso team Principal Franz Tost says that 2011 drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi not right stuff for Red Bull Racing. Last season drivers Alguersuari and Buemi expected to join Red Bull in 2013 with Sebastian Vettel.
“The ‘clean sweep’ was decided in mid-December,” Tost explained to the official F1 website. “The conclusion was that we had nurtured two drivers over three years and that we probably have other drivers in Red Bull’s pool of drivers who could also do a good job. On top of that we weren’t sure if our current drivers would really be the right stuff for Red Bull Racing, so we decided that Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo should get their chance.”
“There is probably some truth in Helmut’s assertion. When we speak about the ‘right stuff’ for Red Bull Racing we are talking about a double championship-winning team, which means that drivers who get elevated there must have the ability to win races and championships. It was from that perspective that second thoughts set in when it came to Sébastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari. Toro Rosso is a rookie team and we will head into the 2012 season with two rookies. I fully support this decision. Tost added.
“This is a high-performance sport and ‘departures’ are a part of the game. Both drivers have to thank Red Bull, as otherwise they would never have made it into Formula 1 and, even now, they have it in their own hands to make something out of the chance Red Bull has given them. Well, Buemi is still with Red Bull Racing as their third man. What will happen to Alguersuari? I have no information at the moment but, as I said, thanks to Red Bull they have a very good basis to pursue their careers from – maybe even in Formula 1 at another team.
“I’m not saying that they are not fit for Formula 1, as both have shown substantial talent at some races, but it is not enough for Red Bull Racing. But I could imagine that they could be top drivers somewhere else and have a successful racing career.”
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