Scuderia Toro Rosso’s 2016 challenger, the STR11, will feature a Ferrari power unit. It marks a return to the company that supplied engines to the team from 2007 to 2013.
Because of the last minute nature of the decision relating to the power unit supply for next year, the team will use the very last specification used in the 2015 season. With Scuderia Ferrari’s own cars finishing third and fourth in the final race of the year and second overall in the Constructors’ Championship, that is a positive situation in which to start Scuderia Toro Rosso’s 11th year in Formula One.
Logistically, with the engine supplier just a short drive up the Autostrada and even linguistically, the return to Ferrari will make for an easy working relationship. Taking this into account and considering the past achievements with Maranello, an improvement in performance can certainly be expected next year. Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen can be counted on, too. After being confirmed for the 2016 season, they will be able to translate all this year’s learnings and experience into additional valuable feedback throughout the season.
“It’s great to be working with Ferrari again. 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 – bring on 2016!” Said team boss Franz Tost.