The rivalry between Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne could step up another gear...

Jean-Éric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo will need to deliver “exceptionally good” results over the remainder of the 2013 season if either one of them has hopes in graduating to a seat with Red Bull Racing, according to Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost.

While a seat is technically not yet available at the Milton Keynes squad for next year, the uncertainty over Mark Webber’s future could create a vacancy next year in the championship-winning outfit.

With that in mind, Tost believes that his two drivers will need to really step up to the mark and deliver some giant-killing performances for the remainder of the year.

“Both would have to demonstrate an exceptionally good second half of the season, because don’t forget we are speaking about the World Champions, so the requirement profile is quite different to being with a team like Toro Rosso,” he told the official Formula 1 website.

“Don’t get me wrong, both are on a very good path and everything will depend on the next couple of months as to whether one of the two of them – should the need be there – qualify for Red Bull Racing.

On results alone to-date, Ricciardo is currently better placed of the driver pairing, with the Australian having claimed a career-best seventh-placed finish at the Chinese Grand Prix.

“Well, performance is all that matters and you definitely can see that Daniel with eleven races more under his belt – which is more than half of a season – is probably in a better situation. Right now he has the upper hand, which we have seen in Barcelona [where he outperformed Vergne and finished in tenth place]. But that is a snapshot right now. Generally I would say that both drivers would fit into the Red Bull concept.”

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Richard Bailey

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