Toro Rosso has announced it will retain its driver pairing of Sébastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari for the 2011 season.

Alguersuari & Buemi Buemi is competing in his second full season in F1, while 2010 is Alguersuari’s first full season, after joining in mid-2009 to replace the hapless Sébastien Bourdais.

“Our drivers will be well prepared for 2011, which is why they are both confirmed for next year,” team boss Franz Tost confirmed in a team statement issued overnight.

“It is also logical, because one key role of Scuderia Toro Rosso is to bring on young drivers from the Red Bull young driver programme and at the ages of 21 and 20 respectively, both Seb and Jaime certainly still meet the right criteria,” he added.

The announcement also leaves the Red Bull group’s two test drivers – Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo and New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley – out on the sidelines for another year, it would seem.

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