Tost: Drivers need to perform exceptionally
15 May 2013 – Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has argued that drivers Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo need to deliver "exceptionally good" performances for the remainder of the 2013 Formula 1 season if one of them is to qualify for a Red Bull graduation.
Although a seat is not yet available at the World Champion squad, Mark Webber's future talks hold the potential to free up a space for 2014. With this in mind, Tost reckons both Vergne and Ricciardo need to impress on every race weekend.
"At the moment I would answer with a ‘yes and no’," Tost explained to the official Formula 1 website when asked if either of his drivers could make the step up to Red Bull next year. "Both would have to demonstrate an exceptionally good second half of the season, because don’t forget we are speaking about the World Champions, so the requirement profile is quite different to being with a team like Toro Rosso."
The 57-year-old went on to comment: "Don’t get me wrong, both are on a very good path and everything will depend on the next couple of months as to whether one of the two of them - should the need be there - qualify for Red Bull Racing."
When pushed as to who he feels is in a better position, Tost said: "Well, performance is all that matters and you definitely can see that Daniel with 11 races more under his belt - which is more than half of a season - is probably in a better situation. Right now he has the upper hand, which we have seen in Barcelona. But that is a snapshot right now. Generally I would say that both drivers would fit into the Red Bull concept."
Ricciardo currently holds the best result of the 2013 campaign for Toro Rosso, having qualified and finished in seventh position at the Chinese Grand Prix last month.