Scuderia Toro Rosso is running Ferrari engines in the 2016 Formula 1 season, however the team won’t be making the upgrade to the new and improved 2016-spec Ferrari engine, Motorsport reports.
According to Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost, if the team were to switch to the 2016 Ferrari engine, it wouldn’t be a plug and ply type of upgrade. Because of the extensive changes Ferrari made to their power unit in the off-season, using the new engine would require Toro Rosso to build a new car entirely.
“No, this is not taken into consideration, because this means to build a completely new car,” Tost said.”This is a question of time and a question of money. Toro Rosso is not in the situation to come up with so many upgrades and to build two new cars in one season. So no, I don’t think so.”
Upgrades to the 2015 engine will also be off the table. Tost said he’d welcome upgrades from Ferrari, but also recognized it would be unlikely due to Ferrari having moved on from the 2015 design.
“If Ferrari comes up with some new upgrades I would be more than happy,” he said. “But I think they will be concentrating on developing their 2016 engine and not spend time on the 2015 engine. At least, this is what I know.”
“It would be a positive surprise if they come up to us and say: we have a new upgrade.”