As we know, Red Bull has a senior team (Red Bull Racing) and a B-team (Scuderia Toro Rosso and this year will change its name to Alpha Tauri). The main purpose of Toro Rosso is to develop young and new drivers so they are able to make their way into Red Bull and, sometime, try to win races with them. This is a very good idea from the Austrian team but the junior team isn’t working at its best nowadays, why? Because they have been in trouble while searching for drivers to race for Toro Rosso and Red Bull. When Danny Ric left Red Bull, the Austrian team chose Pierre Gasly to replace the Australian but the Frenchman did not get the results RB was looking for so they decided to demote him back to Toro Rosso and promote Alex Albon in his rookie season. We can say that Alex did a better job than Pierre but he didn’t achieve any podium. The Thai driver will stay with RB for the 2020 season but the Austrian team is looking for more drivers.
There has been a rumour of a name that could return to Formula 1. We are talking about Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman drove for Scuderia Toro Rosso since the 2012 season until 2014. He was developing driver for Ferrari in 2016 but he decided to leave Formula 1 to go to Formula E in where he is two-time world Champion, both with Techeetah. For the fans of Vergne it was looking good, until Red Bull’s main advisor, Dr. Helmut Marko, denied a possible return of the Frenchman.
“That book is closed. If a driver like Jean-Eric Vergne wins in Formula E, the profile with the requirements is completely different from what we need in Formula 1. It would be more or less like a new driver. It would take him a whole season to get used to the peculiarities of Pirelli tires.” Marko commented. Let’s remember that Vergne has already 6 seasons under his belt in Formula E, so he no more used to F1.
Marko also commented the new focus that the junior program is getting. “At the beginning, the junior team was only meant to support certain drivers, but now a talent must have the potential to win a Grand Prix. The selection is therefore stricter. In the past we financed some people for one or two full seasons, without that support, they wouldn’t even have had the opportunity.” Marko is know for being very strict with the junior team and new drivers but, is hi making the right decision? All of the statements were made by Helmut Marko during an interview with “Motorsport-total.com”