Torro Rosso’s team boss Franz Tost has said that his team will help Red Bull Racing by being their guinea pigs if it helps them win the title. Scuderia Torro Rosso (STR) receives around 50% of their funding from Red Bull.
Toro Rosso has been using Honda power units during 2018 and has been assisting Honda in fine-tuning the power unit in preparation for Red Bull switching to the Japanese manufacturer for the 2019 season. Toro Rosso was penalised with several power unit penalties during the season as they helped Honda with development.
Toro Rosso functions as a junior team to Red Bull under the watch of Helmut Marko as a test bed to develop the skills of young drivers. Sebastian Vettel was promoted to the senior Red Bull team from the junior squad, as was Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. Their latest promotion is Pierre Gasly who is switching for the 2019 season. As well as developing the drivers Tost has confirmed that the team are also used to develop the cars as well.
Tost said: “If we can help Red Bull win the title by being the guinea pig in terms of developments, then that’ll happen.” Tost stated that his team will benefit from a successful partnership as they will receive assistance developing their cars from Red Bull.
“We’re happier with this role because we’ll see the fruits of our labour as well. Not only in terms of the engine, but we’ll have advantages in other aspects as well because of the partnership between Honda and Red Bull. The full backside of the RB15 will come our way as well.”
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