@Nando - I respectfully suggest you may be missing the forest for the trees. Let me see if I can convince you.
Torro Rosso is a grooming school, correct? Red Bull are looking to fill Webbers seat at some point in the near future, correct? Red Bull need a fast, young, reliable driver to back up Vettel, correct?
Red Bull know he's fast
• topping the 2009 young drivers' test at Jerez in the RB5
• 2010 young drivers' test is where he set an all-new lap record at the wheel of Sebastian Vettel's championship-winning RB6, eclipsing the pole time set the previous weekend.
So all he has to do is prove he can keep an F1 car on the track, bring it home consistently, learn, develop his skills and give good feedback to develop the car.
Since the summer break, both drivers have scored more points and everyone in the team has been impressed with their maturity in terms of working with the engineers and their racecraft on track. We will be doing our best in the next few months to produce a 2013 car which will allow them to demonstrate their talent.
His race pace is explainable. 2012 has been measured to ensure he gets the maximum miles and gets it home - and I daresay that is all Red Bull expected of him this year. When I personally put his raw pace together with his consistency - I see a perfect number 2 for the Red Bull - something both Alguersuari and Buemi failed to do IMO.