Toro Rosso technical director James Key believes that they could be working close to or on par with sister team Red Bull in 2018.
With the new regulations coming into play next season, Key thinks both teams will adapt to the rules in 2017, possibly sharing data to help both teams improve.
"There are several areas nowadays where it's acceptable to run the same part or for one team to design a bit and allow the other team to use it and so on, said Key on Toro Rosso’s official website.
"That's all good. It means we can pool our resources a bit more and have better synergies in those areas and certainly, both teams are looking to see what opportunities there are.
"The problem with new regulations of course is you've got nothing to discuss because you've got to go through the whole design process.
"In 2017 therefore, there will not be that many opportunities for synergies.
"In the second year of these regs, once you've got bits that work within that set of regulations, then it opens up many more, so 2018 will be a better opportunity. Having said that, having the same engine helps. It draws together a huge amount of commonality in certain areas on the power train side."
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