Date: 4th January 2016 at 12:04pm
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In 2014 Red Bull Racing surprised quite a few people when Jean-Eric Vergne left the team.

In the midst of his third season in Formula One he was overlooked for the Red Bull Racing seat when Sebastian Vettel moved to Ferrari, with Daniil Kvyat handed the drive instead.

Even though that opened up a seat for Vergne to remain with Toro Rosso, in a shock move, Toro Rosso dropped opted to promote both Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.

At the time Verstappen was just 17-years-old, whilst Carlos Sainz Jr was 20.

But after an impressive season for both, not many would argue that their decision was justified.

?Everything has impressed me from them, The driving, the understanding of the car from the technical side, the cooperation with the engineers.

?But also the work with the media and marketing events and to get more and more used to all this – people like to work with them, and we are more than happy to have them in our team.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost told motorsport.com.

?I must say that Red Bull was absolutely right to choose these drivers, because you can see that they learned from race to race.

?They have reached quite a good level, and therefore I’m convinced that they will have a successful future.?


When you consider that the bench mark for Red Bull’s development programme is four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel, that is some compliment from Tost to both Verstappen and Sainz.