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Toro Rosso’s Franz Tost has praised current drivers Sébastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari for their improved performances in recent races, with the young pairing collectively scoring a total of 15 points since the Canadian Grand Prix in June.
The Team Principal also talked about the future for both men, stating that ‘a maximum of three years’ can be spent at the squad before attentions are turned to new rising talents.
"They are moving forward," Austria's Tost explained. "That was clearly visible in the last couple of races, with the last race seeing both of them in the points - so let's wait and see how the second half of the season works out. Then at the end of the year we will sit together with Red Bull to discuss who will sit in our cars in 2012."
Tost argues that three years is enough for a driver to fully develop in Formula 1, adding that he is excited about the potential of Red Bull-backed Daniel Ricciardo and 2010 British F3 Champion Jean-Eric Vernge.
"Maximum three years (for a driver to race at Toro Rosso)," he said. "Or let's put it this way: if you are not sure after three years whether he's going to make it, I would bluntly say forget him, period. Three years - why? Because this is the time a driver needs today in Formula 1 to develop from a rookie into a calculable factor in the team."
"I think Sebastien and Jaime are doing a good job and I am also really looking forward to working together with the other Red Bull youngsters, Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne. Both have done the young drivers' days with Toro Rosso last year in Abu Dhabi and Daniel was our third man before he got the opportunity to race for HRT."
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|6 Sep '12||Tost: A new chapter for Toro Rosso|
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|28 Nov '12||Alguersuari remains hopeful over F1 seat|
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