|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: 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 Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr, son of two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz, start their second seasons in Formula One.
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.
A switch to Renault power units did happen in 2014 and 2015, but Red Bull’s dispute with the French manufacturer last season means Toro Rosso will use year-old Ferrari engines in 2016.
However, that power unit is both fast and reliable, and as a result, Toro Rosso’s team principal, Franz Tost, expects the team to be troubling bigger outfits for the podium in the early part of the season.