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Scuderia Toro Rosso retains Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for 2013

Scuderia Toro Rosso have decided to retain Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo for the 2013 F1 season, the team announced today.

Jean Eric Vergne made his debut with Toro Rosso this season after finishing second in the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

Vergne has scored 12 points so far and is currently in 17th position in the drivers’ championship.

“I am really happy about this great news,” he said.

“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.”

Daniel Ricciardo made his F1 racing debut with HRT last season at the British Grand Prix before switching to Toro Rosso for the 2012 season.

The Australian has scored 9 points so far this season.

“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,” Ricciardo said.

“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.”

Team boss Franz Tost added: “Both drivers have done a good job this season. 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.

“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 race craft 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.”


Sauber retains Telmex backing despite Sergio Perez’s exit

Sauber’s sponsorship deal with Mexican telecommunications giants Telmex is to continue next year, despite Sergio Perez’s move to McLaren.


Perez arrived at the team on the back of the Swiss outfit’s tie-up with Telmex, and had been viewed as an integral part of the company’s F1 plans.

However, despite speculation that Perez’s move to McLaren could lead to Telmex switching its allegiance, Sauber says there is no doubt about the sponsor’s commitment to the Swiss outfit.

Sauber CEO Monisha Kaltenborn said that the company had been informed of Telmex’s commitment when it was told that Perez would be moving to McLaren.

“We were informed by Telmex about this change, and Telmex also told us that for them they have a long-term project with Sauber, and this will not be affected by Sergio leaving the team,” said Kaltenborn.

She added: “They have an overall vision regarding motorsports – which is not only their racing school. They want to establish motorsport more in that part of the world.

“They also use F1 as a marketing platform with the enormous brands that they have, so I think they really have a proper big vision with motorsport involvement in that area. So it is a bigger picture, and we fit in very well with what we have done with their drivers.”

Source: Autosport F1