Former Manor Marussia team principal John Booth will return to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso after he was announced as their new director of racing.

Booth left Manor at the end of last season alongside sporting director Graeme Lowdon due to what’s understood as a difference of opinion with owner Stephen Fitzpatrick.

The pair then started up the new Manor Endurance Racing squad, which will field two ORECA-Nissan 05s in the LMP2 category of the World Endurance Championship. Booth will split his duties between the WEC and his new role in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso, which begins at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.

“It is a great honour to join such a well-established and competitive team as Scuderia Toro Rosso” Booth said.

“It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to getting started and working with Franz and the team this weekend in Sochi.”

Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost is looking forward to the experience Booth will bring to the Italian outfit.

“I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team,” Tost said.

“Formula 1 is becoming ever more complex, with recent changes on the tyre front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth.

“Therefore, having a competitive car and talented drivers, both of which we have, on its own is not enough. With his vast experience, I am sure John will help the team raise its game and become a more effective force over a race weekend.”

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