Vettel to be given time to develop – Tost

Mon, 3 September 2007, 09:07

Sebastian Vettel is at the beginning of a long learning curve as a grand prix driver.

That is the insistence of his Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost, after the 20-year-old German rookie struggled to surpass the pace of his experienced teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi since joining the team in Hungary.

At 19 years and 53 days old, Vettel became the youngest ever driver to participate in an official F1 session last year in Turkey following the promotion of Robert Kubica to the BMW-Sauber race seat.

He then made his race debut for BMW at Indianapolis this year, following Kubica’s Montreal crash, and – in yet another impromptu development – stepped up to the full time STR seat when Liuzzi’s former teammate Scott Speed was dumped.

“He came into formula one and started dealing with all of its issues much too early,” Tost told Motorsport Aktuell, explaining that Vettel’s US GP debut subsequently raised expectations too much.

Tost, after contracting Vettel also for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, explained: “With us he can learn about being a formula one driver in peace.”

He said Vettel will be given time to develop.

Tost explained: “We are still a backmarker team so the expectations are not too high. Only at the end of 2008 will he be ready to be a top driver for a top team.”

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