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Toro Rosso announce Ricciardo and Vergne for 2012 // STR ditch both their drivers for new talent for next year

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Toro Rosso have announced their driver line-up today, with the surprise move of dropping both Jaime Alguersuari and Sébastien Buemi. Team boss Franz Tost has thanked them for their hard work but pointed out that Toro Rosso exists to give new drivers a place to show what they are made of. That being the case, it is time for Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne to step up and get behind the wheel.

Ricciardo has a little F1 experience under his belt, having driven for HRT for the latter half of the 2011 season. Vergne has just a couple of young driver tests behind him but was the STR test driver this year.

Reacting to the news, the French driver said: “Christmas has come early for me this year! I definitely feel ready to make the move, even if I know there is a big difference between testing and actually racing.”

Ricciardo adds: “I have to say that joining Toro Rosso was always my real goal, so a big thank you to Red Bull for giving me this fantastic opportunity.”