Vettel released to Toro Rosso

The BMW-Sauber team have announced they have released test driver SebastienVettel to Scuderia Toro Rosso. Vettel had been linked to Toro Rosso after Scott Speed publicly slated his team bosses. There were questions over whether Speed would race for Toro Rosso again however he was in action at the Mugello test last week and Tost has said they had no plans to replace the American driver.

However, the Toro Rosso team have yet to announce their plans for the next race in Hungary and with the news that Vettel has been released by BMW, questions remain over who will be in the race-seats this weekend.

“As our test driver, Sebastien carried out sterling work for us,” BMW boss Mario Theissen said. “When he stood in for Robert Kubica in the USA Grand Prix, he made history by becoming the youngest debutant to earn a world championship point. However, the current testing rules mean that he barely gets a chance to drive for us.

“Now he has been offered the opportunity to get inside a Toro Rosso cockpit. We have sponsored and coached Sebastien over a number of years to place obstacles in his career path now would go against our concept of talent promotion.

“BMW and Red Bull have a longstanding partnership in supporting Sebastien. Toro Rosso is the sister team of Red Bull Racing and in that context, it makes sense for us to release him for the testing. In a sponsoring partnership, the main thing is to use the best opportunities that present themselves to a young driver at any given time.”