Toro Rosso is working endlessly to make it on time for the first test of the 2017 Formula 1 preseason which begins at Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on 27 February.

Team principal Franz Tost revealed;

“From the production side, we will have to work 24/7 for a period. From the middle of January to the middle of February, we will run three shifts per day. It’s a very short period because it’s quite cost intensive.”

Teams tread a fine line of making it on time and waiting till the very last moment to assemble their new cars to maximise the incorporation of wind- tunnel results in the final package.

The two month period which culminates with cars finally hitting the track in late February is typically critical as team’s designers and production managers fine-tune their deadlines.

Tost explained “It becomes tricky when the aerodynamics department don’t want to release the drawings and they just want to gain another day. It becomes very tight but it’s a performance gain another day,”. Continue reading TORO ROSSO SHIFTS TO 24/7 MODE TO COMPLETE 2017 CAR

Red Bull open to Toro Rosso sale to Renault

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. Continue reading Red Bull open to Toro Rosso sale to Renault