|Team||Scuderia Toro Rosso|
Relying on youth and talent
The Toro Rosso team was initially created in 2006 by the acquisition of the former Minardi F1 team by Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz to develop a “young driver” team to provide winning talent for Red Bull Racing.
One man can perhaps prove the effectiveness of that strategy is Sebastian Vettel, who won his first grand prix with Toro Rosso back in 2008. Five years later, the German had four world titles to his name for Red Bull.
The continuing role of Toro Rosso as a feeder for the ‘main’ Red Bull team continues to this day, as Daniil Kvyat Carlos Sainz Jr, son of two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz, race the Italian team’s cars in 2017.
While Toro Rosso may be regarded as Red Bull’s ‘second team’ it has, in line with Formula One regulations, remained a ‘true constructor’, with design, development and production facilities independent of its sister team. In recent years, the team used Ferrari power units, rather than Red Bull’s Renault engines, but it has switched back to the French manufacturer for 2017.
Toro Rosso’s 2017 car has a number of aggressive aerodynamic features and its attractive livery and feisty driver line-up means it will be a team to keep a close eye on over the course of the season.