|Team||Scuderia Toro Rosso|
Scuderia Toro Rosso
Relying on youth and talent
The Toro Rosso team initially was created in 2006 by the acquisition of the former Minardi F1 team by Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz to create a “young driver” team, to provide winning talent for Red Bull Racing. The effectiveness of that strategy can perhaps be proved by one man; Sebastian Vettel won his first Grand Prix with Toro Rosso back in 2008. Five years later, the German had four world titles to his name.
The continuing role of Toro Rosso as a feeder for the ‘main’ Red Bull team has continues this season, with the graduation of 17-year-old Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr, 20, son of two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz. Their combined age of 37 compares with 68 in McLaren’s line-up of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
While Toro Rosso may be regarded as Red Bull’s ‘second team’ it has, in line with Formula OneTM 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.
A switch from to Renault power units in 2014 followed, with the team regularly making it into the final part of qualifying. However, they struggled in the race, with sixth place in Singapore their best result as the finished seventh in the constructors’ championship. Will the gamble to rely solely on young talent pay off in 2015?