The Red Bull junior team switch to Renault power units this year, but retain their driver line-up of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat
WHAT’S NEW? Toro Rosso swap their Ferrari PU for a Renault, “improving synergies with Red Bull”, according to team principal Franz Tost. Technical director James Key has heaped praise on Renault’s progress over the past year, while Tost has called for Mercedes to be pegged back so other engine manufacturers can catch up – but that will never happen.
F1 RA CING’S VERDICT It’s make or break for Sainz (in his third year with STR) and Kvyat (on borrowed time after his Red Bull demotion). Fireworks could ensue.
TEAM DETAILS Name Scuderia Toro Rosso Address Scuderia Toro Rosso, Via Boaria, 229 48018 Faenza (RA), Italy Chassis STR12 Engine Renault R.E.17 Website scuderiatororosso.com Twitter @ToroRossoSpy
KEY PERSONNEL Chairman Dietrich Mateschitz Team principal Franz Tost Technical director James Key Team manger Graham Watson Head of vehicle performance Jody Egginton
TEAM HISTORY Founded 2005 First GP Bahrain 2006 Races started 206 Wins 1 Poles 1 Fastest laps 1 Points 329 Drivers’ titles 0 Constructors’ titles 0