The team that gave Sebastian Vettel his maiden victory in 2008, Toro Rosso, are to abandon their seven year partnership with Ferrari in favour of the French manufacturer, Renault, according to ESPN.
Whilst contracts are yet to be signed, team principal Franz Tost confirmed at the start of winter testing in Jerez, Spain, that the team “are in a conversation” with the long time Formula 1 supplier.
Often considered the feeder team to triple world champions, Red Bull, this move could reinforce the relationship between the two. Either Jean-Eric Vergne or Daniel Ricciardo are expected to fill any vacant seats in the future.
The energy drinks company owns the Italian outfit, who act as a platform for young drivers to gain necessary racing experience in their rookie years. In Tost’s mind it appears this is a considerable advantage for the team moving forward.
“If we are racing with the Renault engine we will have the same gearbox as Red Bull” he explained.
The 2013 car has barely touched the tarmac but already thoughts are turning to next season. “You need to know as early as possible who are the partners” he continued.
Tost further suggested that the move is based on the economic hardship facing many Formula 1 teams.
“The 2014 season, because of this dramatic change in the regulations, will be a great challenge for all of us…from the technical side as well as the economic” he told ESPN reporters in Jerez.
It seems that Formula 1 is always on our minds.
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