“Both drivers have done a good job this season,” said team principal Franz Tost. “Daniel joined us with a few grands prix under his belt and so his feedback and experience was particularly useful while Jean-Eric got up to speed, often having to deal with tracks he had never seen before.
“Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and their racecraft on track.
“We will be doing our best in the next few months, to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent.”
Ricciardo, currently 18th in the drivers’ standings, is convinced he can improve on his performances next season.
“There are big expectations for next year and I’m ready and willing to fulfil them,” he said. “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.”
Vergne added: “It’s been a difficult season and, as a rookie, I have learned a lot, thanks to the support I got and the excellent relationship I have enjoyed with all the guys. I feel much stronger now and I know I have become a better driver over the course of the season.
“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.”
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