Scuderia Toro Rosso or simply known as Toro Rosso is a Formula 1 team that holds an Italian license and is one of the two team that are owned by the Austria based energy drinks company Red Bull GmbH. The team came into being at the start of the 2006 season after the majority stakeholder of the then Minardi Formula One team Paul Stoddart sold off his shares in the team to Red Bull GmbH. However, Red Bull then struck a deal for a 50-50 joint venture for the team with former Formula One race car driver and Ayrton Senna’s team mate Gerhard Berger. However, by the middle of that season, the team decided to buy back the share that was offered to Berger and the team again came to be fully owned by Red Bull.
In its early years, the Scuderia Toro Rosso team was mainly the minor team of the group, and it served Red Bull Racing by giving its drivers valuable time on the circuit as well as testing out engines for the team but since the start of the 2010 season, in order to raise money for running the operations of the team, the team came into full fledged competition as a constructor. In the very first season for the team, Vitantonio Liuzzi put the first points on the board for the team at the United States Grand Prix of 2006. The first win for the team, was however, notched up the brilliant youngster Sebastian Vettel when he was racing for the team after Red Bull Racing sent him over to Scuderia Toro Rosso to give him some valuable time on the track to gain some experience. Vettel started the 2008 Italian Grand Prix on pole position and held out all the others in the race to win his first ever race and give the team its first and only victory so far and that too, in its home track.
The team has so far had many drivers prior to the start of the 2010 season mainly due to the fact that it was a tributary team for Red Bull Racing but after the team switched its attention to competing properly in the constructors’ championship, the team has more or less had a steady driver duo. Scuderia Toro Rosso has so far raced in 105 races and its current drivers are Sebastian Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari.
Toro Rosso has the key driver Daniil Kvyat believing that he has taken the right step when he drove as per his instincts when he participated recently at the German Grand Prix.
Though he has lost out his form recently the Russian did step on the podium when he completed the third round in China Formula One. However, he lost out to Red Bull when the next race commenced, and he scored only two points after he rejoined the Toro Rosso team.
Daniil realizes that his future remains uncertain as he completed at the 19th position at the recent Grand Prix at Hockenheim. He finished in the 15th place overall in the race, which was one place behind his team mate for the F1 company, Carlos Sainz Jr. However, he feels that he did make considerable progress. He states that the race was special when he did not over think but simply got into the car and completed the race. He did not think too much and allowed his instincts to control his reactions on the track. He feels that the result played out quite well. Read more »
Red Bull having acquired Toro Rosso, the team boss was confident that Toro would have an advantage over Renault from whom he had made the shift.
There have been three races that Toro Rosso has been part of but the Italian team is yet to achieve desirable points this season. They are behind the bigger rival teams. Though Toro Rosso has been yet to perform as per expectation, the team is confident that the trend will be reversed at the upcoming weekend race in Sochi.
Toro Rosso and the Red Bull team is a package. Though the latest and advanced Ferrari power might not be fueling the unit right now, they are a competitive group and their maximum is yet to be gleaned from them. Though the first races left everyone wanting more as output, there were certain factors that came in the way. For instance, the pace of the group was good in Australia, but the car was not pushed enough as the tires had not been tested out for winter and hence, caution brought down the pace. In Bahrain the pace of the team was good though it was not good enough. Hence, there is much being said about the upcoming weekend race. Read more »
Dr. Helmut Marko, the chief advisor of Formula One team Red Bull Racing has said that the company is open to selling its junior marque Toro Rosso to Renault. There have been talks that the French engine manufacturers want to return to the sport full time with a new team and Marko said that they are open to the idea of selling or allowing Renault to promote itself with the Italy based team.
Although Marko criticised Renault for the retrograde steps it has taken when it comes to the engines for the 2015 car, he has confirmed that there have already been talks about increasing their involvement with its sister team. Speaking to an Austrian media outlet, Marko said that if Renault wants to represent itself better in Formula One because of marketing reasons, then they are talking about either having two cars in yellow or buying a team completely.
Marko, however, said that Toro Rosso is not the only team under consideration by the French manufacturing giants adding that the company has started similar talks with the likes of Sahara Force India, which has been struggling for the last couple of years due to the lack of funds, Sauber F1 as well as Lotus F1. Read more »