Tost says Vettel currently best driver in F1
16 August, 2011
Aug.16 (PVM) Team principal Franz Tost relishes the role of developing young talented drivers, in the tradition of the Minardi team which morphed into Toro Rosso, and believes that Toro Rosso graduate Sebastian Vettel is the best Formula 1 driver of the current era.
Tost told formula1.com: “My pecking order goes like this: “Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg. Vettel doesn’t need much comment – he’s got everything inside and outside the car that a driver must have to be champion.”
“Hamilton I really do like. His is the way guys should race in F1 – he’s aggressive and, of course, that results in shunts sometimes, but he’s got what it takes to put on a good show. Alonso is fiendishly clever, in the car and in team politics, and Rosberg I believe could win the championship when he’s got a good car,” said Tost.
Of the next generation Tost said, “I would pick three: Paul di Resta, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean. Renault burned Grosjean when they teamed him up with Alonso, but I still believe he’s got huge potential.”
Of Toro Rosso’s current drivers – Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi – Tost commented, “They are still deep in it. They are moving forward – that was clearly visible in the last couple of races, with the last race seeing both of them in the points – so let’s wait and see how the second half of the season works out. Then at the end of the year we will sit together with Red Bull to discuss who will sit in our cars in 2012.”
Vettel scored Toro Rosso’s first and only Grand Prix victory at Monza in 2008 with the Austrian at the helm of the squad. When asked about the world champions dip in form in recent races, Tost said, “Who says that he has to win all the time? Many drivers won their championship with one or two wins and the rest was good front-running positions. I think now he should think of bringing the title home, and once it is secured he can go back to brawling.”