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Toro Rosso confirm unchanged 2013 line-up
Wednesday 31st October 2012, 20:37 by Ryan Wood
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Toro Rosso have confirmed an unchanged driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for the 2013 season.
The pairing have, according to team principal Franz Tost, "done a good job this season," earning them another year with the Italian outfit.
"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," Franz said, justifying the teams decision.
"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 racecraft 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, who currently sits 18th with nine points, said of the announcement: "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.
"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, who sits a place ahead of Ricciardo with 12 points, added: "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.
"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."
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