Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed it will run one-year-old Ferrari engines during the 2016 Formula 1 season.
The Italian team’s switch from Renault to Ferrari power has been mooted for some time, and was all but confirmed following the decision of the FIA World Motor Sport Council to permit Ferrari to supply older-spec engines for the 2016 season.
“It’s great to be working with Ferrari again,” team principal Franz Tost said.
“We had a fruitful relationship in the past and I’m sure it won’t take long for us all to be working together very well again.
“It’s true that time will be very tight for us to be ready for the first test, but we have the right team of people for this and I’m confident that together we will achieve a competitive package for next year – bring on 2016!”
Toro Rosso will run Ferrari’s final specification of its 059/4 V6 turbo-hybrid power unit, while its more senior sister outfit will retain Renault power units, albeit re-branded and developed by TAG-Heuer as was announced earlier today.
The Red Bull junior squad used Ferrari power from 2007 to 2013, becoming the first and only customer Ferrari-powered team to win a Grand Prix when Sebastian Vettel claimed victory in 2008 at Monza.
Despite its rookie driver pairing of Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr, the team boldly targeted a top-five finish in the Constructors’ Championship. Despite its STR10 chassis being considered one of the best in the field in terms of its aerodynamics, poor reliability consigned the team to seventh overall with 68 points claimed.
The team also confirmed that it would retain Verstappen and Sainz for the 2016 season.
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