Tost upbeats about Toro Rosso’s prospects

Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says the target in 2012 is to move up from last year’s eighth place to sixth or seventh in the World Championship.

Tost is bullish about the prospects of the new STR7, which will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.

“First we must know what Toro Rosso is here for,” said Tost. “Toro Rosso is to educate the young drivers for Red Bull Racing. This is our philosophy, and within this philosophy, we do our best. The car itself, I think we made another step forward.

“We built up the infrastructure, we bought in new people, we brought in machines, and we invested a lot of money. I hope that the new car will be a step forward on last year’s car, which was already a good car, and we can reach our goals.”

Tost played down questions about the inexperienced line-up after Buemi and Alguersuari were dropped in December.

“Regarding the drivers, I always say after three years we have to evaluate a driver, and therefore we decided – or Red Bull decided – to come up with a new driver line-up. I’m quite convinced that Daniel Ricciardo, as well as Jean-Eric Vergne, will do a good job. They were quite successful in the young driver classes, both of them won championships.

“I convinced we have a good basis. The rest we will see. To come into F1 is one thing. To be in F1 and to make the next step forward and develop is another question.

“That’s the role of Toro Rosso. I’m looking forward to being involved in this project and I’m looking forward to working with these drivers. Especially as I think that both of them are skilled drivers and talented drivers.”

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