TORO ROSSO v RED BULL
One of the most intriguing subplots of this year will come from the Red Bull-backed squads.
So long the feeder squad to its bigger sister, Toro Rosso could be set to make a breakthrough this year, and could potentially leapfrog Red Bull Racing.
The addition of year-old Ferrari power units for may have sounded like a naff deal at first – it is the only team on the grid running 2015-spec engines – but when compared to the Renault unit Red Bull is relying on, it’s a big boost.
The Ferrari powerplant fared considerably better than Renault’s last term, and Red Bull chiefs expect the switch to be worth 0.8s per lap for Toro Rosso. The Faenza team has kept things simple too, using a carryover chassis modified to carry the Ferrari unit. Toro Rosso was second only to Mercedes in the testing mileage.
In contrast, Red Bull is hamstrung with a TAG Heuer-badged Renault unit, having failed to secure an alternative engine supply, despite its best efforts late last year. The
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related directly to initiatives that would be usable for the 2016 version and that the track miles they have already had will put them on the front foot.
From the testing times it seems the team has managed to hold station in the slipstream of the top teams.
However, those limited finances might mean progress much further is hard.