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Content with the job the drivers had done this season, Toro Rosso will be retaining both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne for next season as well.
The Italian outfit has scored in four of the last six Grands Prix and the two are separated by three points in the championship, with the drivers’ tally placing the team ninth in the constructors’ table.
“We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent,” said team principal Franz Tost.
A pumped up Ricciardo will now race in his third season in Formula 1 - having driven in a few Grands Prix in 2010 with HRT – ready to fulfil the team’s expectations.
“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,” said the Australian.
Teammate Vergne, who is ahead of Ricciardo in the standings, in what is the Frenchman’s rookie season too was elated by the decision.
“I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season,” Vergne said. “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.”