Marko reveals Ferrari power unit deal for Toro Rosso
On the back of Red Bull Racing's engine announcement, Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko, and later Scuderia Ferrari have confirmed the future for Toro Rosso is also secure, with the team to compete in 2016 with Ferrari engines.
Marko said the deal had been arranged for quite some time now, but that they needed to await until the end of the season to make an announcement.
On Ferrari's behalf, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said an hour later that the deal ensured Toro Rosso with the 2015 power unit next season.
“Scuderia Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso have reached an agreement that will see the Faenza-based squad use the current Ferrari Power Unit in the 2016 Formula One season,” said Maurizio Arrivabene in a statement.
“On-track testing will begin in February, 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.”
Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost said “We had a fruitful relationship in the past and I’m sure it won’t take long for us all to be working together very well again.”
“It’s true that time will be very tight for us to be ready for the first test, but we have the right team of people for this and I’m confident that together we will achieve a competitive package for next year.”
Red Bull's Helmut Marko further revealed that Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso will maintain its four drivers, having earlier indicated the company is impressed with both Rookies at Toro Rosso.
"We have confirmed all four of our drivers for 2016 – Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull, and Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. at Toro Rosso," he commented.