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Sebastien Buemi & Jaime Alguersuari stay at Toro Rosso

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Toro Rosso are sticking with their line-up of young drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari for 2011.

Buemi, 21, was awarded a race seat in 2009 while Alguersuari, 20, was drafted in to replace Sebastien Bourdais midway through last season.

"Our drivers still lack F1 experience to the majority of their colleagues," said team boss Franz Tost.

"I believe our drivers will be well prepared for 2011, which is why they are both confirmed for next year."

Both Buemi and Alguersuari came through the ranks of Red Bull's driver development programme, and Tost added the team wanted to continue that philosophy with the duo's careers.

"It is also logical, because one key role of Scuderia Toro Rosso is to bring on young drivers, and at the ages of 21 and 20 respectively, Seb and Jaime still meet the right criteria," he said.

Toro Rosso drivers Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi
Alguersuari (left) and Buemi will continue to learn at Toro Rosso

"It is not just a case of their driving getting better because it is also true that their understanding and engineering feedback improves, which is vital if we are to get the most out of our package."

Buemi collected two seventh places in his debut 2009 season but his best finish at the halfway point of the 2010 campaign is eighth at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Swiss driver is targeting a step up to sister team Red Bull in the future but is aware he needs to do more to impress.

Alguersuari became the youngest driver in F1 history when he made his debut in Hungary in place of the sacked Bourdais at the age of 19 years and 125 days.

The Spaniard failed to collect any points in 2009 and the team left it late to confirm he would retain his seat in 2010.

So far, Alguersuari has collected three points this season with a best finish of ninth in Malaysia.

Tost is hoping now their future is resolved that the two drivers will deliver more in the remaining nine races of 2010.

"As they get more track time with every race, I expect to see an improvement in the final half of the season," he added.



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