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Formula One team Toro Rosso has stated that the team feels absolutely no compulsion to rush into naming a replacement for the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo for the new season.
Red Bull Racing, the sister team of the Italian constructors announced recently that they will be promoting Ricciardo to the senior team as a replacement for the departing Mark Webber for the new season leaving Toro Rosso with a man short for the 2014 racing season.
The team is expected to keep hold of Jean Eric Vergne for the new season as well with the open driver’s slot going to one of the team’s young test drivers, according to sources close to the team. Antonio Felix da Costa, the Formula 3.5 driver is the early favorite to fill in the vacant slot left by Daniel Ricciardo but the likes of GP3 drivers Daniil Kvyat as well as Carlos Sainz Jr. both of whom tested for the team at the Silverstone Young Driver Test earlier this year are names doing the rounds as well.
Franz Tost, the team principal for the team was equally unmoved when asked about the possible replacement for Ricciardo in the team as he stated that the team will look at the options at their disposal and make a decision on the new driver at a later date, adding that they are in no rush to name a replacement for the outgoing driver.
He also extended his blessings for Daniel Ricciardo stating that he would have preferred to keep him in the team as he is a great young driver and has done a brilliant job for the team as well but at the same time, when a big team comes calling, it’s only fair that an ambitious driver heads that way to further his progress and desire for success.
McLaren are set to confirm a new contract for their star driver Jenson Button despite poor performance from the team during the 2013 season. After the departure of Lewis Hamilton, Button became the number one driver at McLaren.
The former world champion, though, has been unable to get the team competing at the same level as last season. They are very far off the top teams like Red Bull and Ferrari in terms of race pace. This has prevented them from challenging even for a race victory this season. Button won the world championship with Brawn GP back in 2009, but he has not added to the championship victory since then. Read the rest of this entry »
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NASCAR driver Tony Stewart recently suffered an injury that resulted in him breaking his leg. He will now be replaced by Mark Martin at the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet. Martin will race for his new team in the remaining 12 races of the season. Martin has been involved in racing partially with Michael Waltrip Racing. He will now be taking over at Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet for the remainder of the season. Austin Dillon will be taking over at Talladega. After the announcement, Martin said that he is extremely happy and privileged to be selected for this role.
He has paid tribute to Tony Stewart by saying that he is one of the best racers in the business. However, he is extremely sorry to hear that he has suffered his major injury. After the announcement came, Stewart-Haas competition director Greg Zipadelli praised Martin by saying that his experience will be crucial to the team. The team will be looking to maximise the ownership points in the remaining 12 races. They are currently chasing the #39 car of Ryan Newman. Stewart is currently expected to return to his seat at the start of next season.
Zipadelli has confirmed that the team will be monitoring the progress of their driver and he is not going to be hurried.
“I’m incredibly honoured. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding how Tony could possibly feel that way towards me when the guy is so amazing; the modern-day AJ Foyt. When I was growing up, AJ drove anything and everything and was fast and won in everything he drove. And Tony is the guy today, and is successful at it,” said Martin. “Obviously we’re still racing for a spot in the Chase with the #39 car of Ryan Newman, and we’ll do the best we can with owner points,” said Zipadelli.