Scuderia Toro Rosso
|Based in: Faenza, Italy|
Founded: 2005 (active since 2006)
Team principal: Franz Tost (since 2006)
Team advisor: Gerhard Berger (since 2006)
Technical director: Alex Hitzinger (2006-2007), Giorgio Ascanello (since 2008)
After the inaugural year of Red Bull racing, the drink company had many upcoming sponsored drivers waiting in line to test for the team and trying to get a place into Formula One. As that first year was satisfying with good performance and the building of a good image, the company decided to invest more and bought the struggling Minardi team to start up Scuderia Torro Rosso. Initially named Squadra Torro Rosso, the team were at first a junior team for Red Bull Racing.
Scuderia Torro Rosso started by modifying the Red Bull RB1 and operates on its own in the former base of Minardi in Faenza, Italy. As of 1 Januari 2006, Franz Tost is in the lead of the team. The 49 year old Austrian was a former BMW Motorsport employee where he was Track Operation Manager from 2000 to 2005.
On 9 February, former F1 driver and BMW Motorsport manager Gerhard Berger bought 50% of the stakes of Toro Rosso, handing 50% of his own shipping company's stakes to Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. Berger fulfils an advisory role in the team aside of team principal Franz Tost.
In the beginning of 2007, the team was able to get a hold on a Ferrari engine supply after Red Bull Racing didn't want them anymore. As Ferrari contracted Red Bull Technologies for the engines, Toro Rosso could just take over the contract despite unhappiness at Ferrari's HQ. By then, Vitantonio Liuzzi had scored the team's first point at the 2006 United States Grand Prix.
2007 was a bit troublesome for the small team, but when Sebastian Vettel got hold of a race seat, things improved steadily. The young German later secured the team's first pole position and victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. The team ended 6th in the constructors' standings with 39 points, 35 of those scored by Vettel who moved onto Red Bull racing at the end of 2008.
Along with Vettel left Berger. In late November 2008, Red Bull regained total ownership of Toro Rosso after buying back Berger's share of the team.
In 2009 the team largely fell short of its competitors due to not having Red Bull's updates in time. The lag of 3 or more races for the team were just too much in a season where performance were largely determined by the rate teams could introduce car updates.
|Car designation||Race years|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR1||2006|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR2||2007|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR2B||2008|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR3||2008|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4||2009|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR5||2010|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6||2011|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR7||2012|
|Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8||2013|