Team Scuderia Toro Rosso
Base Faenza, Italy
Power Unit Renault Sport Energy F1-2014
Car STR9

Scuderia Toro Rosso



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. The rest as they say, is history.

The continuing role of Toro Rosso as a feeder for the ‘main’ Red Bull team has continued this season, with the graduation of Australian Daniel Ricciardo from Toro Rosso to take over the departing Mark Webber’s seat. That must have been a bitter pill to swallow for the ever amiable Jean-Eric Vergne, whose performance for much of last season was a match for Ricciardo’s and indeed in 2012, Vergne even finished ahead of the Australian in the championship standings.

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. This year for the first time the team will use similar Renault Sport Energy, turbocharged V6 hybrid power trains although the final cars remain engineered to different specifications and design philosophies.