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Formula 1 2013 Progress Report: Toro Rosso

Toro Rosso finished the 2012 Formula One season in ninth place with 26 points. Taking out the "new teams," they were last—a massive 50 points behind the next worst team.

That kind of end result wasn't entirely unexpected, as the team was running two very inexperienced drivers. Daniel Ricciardo had 11 starts for HRT to his name, while Jean-Eric Vergne had zero.

Now that they have a bit more running under their belts, improvements are expected.

The team is unique in that it exists for the purpose of assisting another. It's owned by Red Bull (Toro Rosso is Red Bull in Italian), and it's the place its parent sends young drivers to see if they have what it takes.

That aside, Toro Rosso exists as an independent ...

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