Buemi & Alguersuari Daniel Ricciardo

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost has attempted to pour cold water on his recent comments suggesting that reserve driver Daniel Ricciardo was being groomed to replace either Jaime Alguersuari or Sébastien Buemi in 2012.

Tost made comments during the Friday FIA press conference at the Turkish Grand Prix weekend suggesting that 21-year-old Ricciardo – who currently serves as the team’s Friday driver when he is not contesting rounds of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship – was all but assured to make his fully-fledged F1 debut next year.

But it would seem that a little reflection has given Tost a change of heart, telling the press during last weekend’s relaunch of the Red Bull Ring that he was happy with his two charges.

“Regarding the other drivers (Buemi and Alguersuari), nothing is up for discussion at the moment, as they are both performing well,” he was quoted as saying by motorsport-magazin.com.

Perhaps as if to confuse matters, Ricciardo took his first win of the FR3.5 championship season, winning the second heat at Monza yesterday.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.