Italy

Last Race: 07th Sep Italy

Italy GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Felipe Massa

Marko: Ex-STR duo are not winners

Monday 9th January 2012

Share:

Marko: Ex-STR duo are not winners

Marko: Ex-STR duo are not winners

Helmut Marko has poured cold water over Sebastien Buemi's dream of replacing Mark Webber, saying the sacked STR driver is not a grand prix winner.

In a decision that shocked many in the F1 community, Toro Rosso announced in December that both Buemi and his 2011 team-mate Jaime Alguersuari had been given the boot.

Instead, Toro Rosso had signed newcomers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne as their two drivers for the 2012 Championship.

Buemi, though, has at least remained a part of the Red Bull fold after agreeing to test driver deal with Red Bull for this season.

And the Swiss driver is hoping that the backroom role will put him at the front to replace Webber should the Aussie opt to retire at the end of the year.

But, if Marko has anything to say about it, Buemi's dream may be over before it even begins as the Red Bull advisor does not believe the Swiss driver or his former team-mate have what it takes to win.

Explaining his decision to sack both from Toro Rosso, he told the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper: "Toro Rosso was created to give young drivers a chance.

"Alguersuari and Buemi had that chance for three years and after that period it's possible to evaluate a drivers' development.

"We didn't see in them any possibility of growth.

"Both are grand prix drivers, but for us that's not enough. We want grand prix winners."

F1's Night Shift Gets Underway

Editor's Picks

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Getting To Know Mr Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about new boss Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Winners and Losers: Italian GP

Andrew Davies tuned into the latest episode of the 'Lewis vs Nico' drama, and he wasn't disappointed...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...