Toro Rosso considering three drivers
10 September 2013 – Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has confirmed three drivers are being considered to fill the vacant seat left by Daniel Ricciardo’s promotion.
Ricciardo will step up and race for Red Bull’s 'A' team next season, teaming up with Sebastian Vettel, something that was finally confirmed prior to last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Although most ‘silly season’ focus has since been on where Kimi Räikkönen will go, with unconfirmed reports he has signed for Ferrari, there is also the seat at STR, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne, with Red Bull Junior drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jnr all being all considered.
Speaking to Spain’s MARCA newspaper, Tost added though that Sainz Jnr is an outside bet due to his age - he is 19-year-olds.
Interestingly though, age didn’t stop STR bringing in Jaime Alguersuari in 2009 and dumping Sébastien Bourdais. Alguersuari was 19 years and 125 days old when he made his F1 debut in Hungary.
“Sainz, Kvyat and Da Costa are the three candidates for the seat,” Tost said. “But I also think Carlos is missing two seasons to do [it]. I don’t think you should get into F1 before you are 20 years-old, nor should you expect too much because they can burn on the way. Carlos has to continue competing in lower formulas, grow and then wait to make the leap.
“I will decide, but the decision will involve discussions with several people and will be what is best for everyone. You can never say no to anything, but I do not think we will run Carlos in 2014,” Tost added.