Sep 3, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says there is no rush to decide Daniel Ricciardo’s successor.
The 24-year-old was confirmed as Red Bull’s new driver for 2014 yesterday.
“We will now look at all our options and make a decision at a later date, as there is no immediate need to rush,” said Tost.
Tost offered his congratulations to his outgoing driver: “We would have liked to keep him, because he is a talented driver who has done a great job with Scuderia Toro Rosso.”
“At the same time, we are very pleased to see him make this move, which means he will follow in the footsteps of Sebastian Vettel.”
Tost said Ricciardo’s move “vindicates” Red Bull’s decision to employ Toro Rosso as a proving ground for upcoming drivers:
“When Dietrich Mateschitz acquired the team that became Toro Rosso, his stated aim was that it should be the final step in the training of young drivers, with the eventual goal of graduating to the ‘senior’ team. Daniel’s move thus vindicates the work of the Red Bull Young Driver Programme and also proves that we at Toro Rosso have given him a good racing education.”
Among the leading candidates for Ricciardo’s seat are Formula Renault 3.5 driver Antonio Felix da Costa and GP3 racer Carlos Sainz Jnr, both of which are on Red Bull’s junior driver programme.
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