Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko justified Toro Rosso's decision to fire Buemi and Alguersuari by saying that the two drivers are not capable of winning. He further said that Red Bull created Toro Rosso to give young drivers a chance and that the team has given enough chances to Buemi and Alguersuari.
Last month, Red Bull's junior outfit announced that Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne would replace Sebastian Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari in 2012. "Toro Rosso was created to give young drivers a chance," Marko told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Alguersuari and Buemi had it for three years and after this time it's possible to evaluate a driver's development. "We haven't seen in them any possibility of growth. Both are worthy of grand prix racing, but for us that's not enough: we need winners."
Marko added that Toro Rosso would remain as an Italian team focusing on giving young drivers a chance. He further said that the team was satisfied with its engine partner Ferrari.
"It will certainly remain an Italian team based in Faenza, oriented towards young drivers," he said. "But Toro Rosso will have to keep developing more and more autonomously."
"The contract is on for 2012; at the moment I can't say what will happen in the future, but up to now we are very satisfied with this co-operation,"