Red Bull junior team Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed to Racer it will use a Ferrari power unit this year in the team’s end-of-2015 specification. The decision to switch to a Ferrari power unit, first announced last year, represents a return to Ferrari power for Toro Rosso after it jumped ship for a Renault unit back in 2013.
“I am convinced we will get a very good engine from Ferrari because we like to work together with Ferrari, we had our biggest success with Ferrari,” said Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost. “This engine, which is the model from the end of last year, is for us a big step forward, and I’m optimistic.”
“Everything is a little more complicated, but only for the reason of the very short timeframe, and therefore the engineers from both sides had to work very hard to get everything into the car.
Toro Rosso parent team Red Bull Racing will stick with Renault power in 2016 after a dismal 2015 season that saw the team suffer from reliability issues. A switch to Ferrari power was rumored, however the plans have since fallen through, forcing RBR to stick with the less desirable Renault engine.
Tost said his team’s car won’t be entirely ready in time for the first Formula 1 test in Barcelona next Monday. While most of the technical aspects of the car will be sorted, the team will be running a bare blue livery as it preps its official 2016 livery for a debut on February 29th.
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