Mar 12

‘Being a Webber’ not enough – Villeneuve

Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne need to really shine if they are to be promoted by Red Bull.

2013-02-04 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - STR8 - Jean-Eric Vergne - Daniel Ricciardo (4)Jacques Villeneuve - photo Getty ImagesThat is the claim of Jacques Villeneuve, the outspoken 1997 world champion turned television pundit. Youngsters Ricciardo and Vergne have been given a second full season each at Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso, but Villeneuve thinks they face a tough task to prove they should be slotted in for 2014 alongside Sebastian Vettel.

“They would need at least a podium,” the 41-year-old French Canadian is quoted by RMC Sport.

“Vettel got there because he won a race with Toro Rosso.  Many young drivers have been there (Toro Rosso) and most of them did nothing.

“Vergne needs to show that he is able to stand out; to be like Alonso or Vettel,” added Villeneuve.  “Being a Webber is not enough.”

source: GMM