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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Alexander Albon has been officially announced by Scuderia Toro Rosso as its second driver for the 2019 Formula One season. The 22-year-old British-born Thai driver partners alongside Daniil Kvyat, who spent this year as a development driver with Ferrari after spending the previous five seasons under the Red Bull umbrella. Albon captured four wins en route to third in the Formula 2 championship, finishing behind titlist George Russell and runner-up Lando Norris, both of whom were also recently announced for 2019 seats at Williams and McLaren,Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that both Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley will return for the 2018 Formula One season. A year that began with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat, has since seen the latter go off to Renault and the former dropped on two occasions throughout the season. Those events put Gasly in the seat at Malaysia, where with the exception of the United States Grand Prix, he has occupied it since. For Hartley, a winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlierRead More
By Adam Tate, Associate Editor After racing in Malaysia and Japan for Toro Rosso, 2016 Formula 2 (formerly GP2) champ Pierre Gasly is set to miss the U.S. Grand Prix in order to compete in the Super Formula season finale to try and add another series championship to his CV. Gasly temporarily replaced Daniil Kvyat in the team’s lineup and is expected to be paired with the Russian for 2018, but he is only half a point off the championship lead in Super Formula behind Toyota driver Hiroaki Ishiura. It isRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scuderia Toro Rosso has revealed that Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly will replace Daniil Kvyat for “the next Grand Prix,” starting this weekend in Malaysia. The 2016 Formula 2 (previously known as GP2) champion, Gasly has been competing this year in Japan in Super Formula – a path similar to McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, winner of the 2015 F2 title. The number of races remaining this season that the 21-year-old Frenchman will compete in isn’t confirmed, with the one certainty that he will not compete inRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Carlos Sainz came from 10th on the grid to survive a treacherous and wet Singapore Grand Prix to finish just off the podium in fourth-place – his best ever in Formula One. Oddly enough the result comes on the heels of the announcement of Sainz set to go to Renault next season, and with additional rumors of a potential switch as early as next round in Malaysia. However, the 23-year-old Spaniard was beyond overjoyed with the banner outcome. “WOW,” said an emotionally charged Sainz. “What aRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scuderia Toro Rosso continues to inch its way up the grid and show flashes of becoming a real force within the sport. The Faenza-based team finished seventh in the constructor’s standings, all despite having to adapt to losing Max Verstappen to senior team, Red Bull Racing. However, the return of Daniil Kvyat began to pay dividends towards the end of the season, most notably at Singapore where he displayed a brilliant challenge to Verstappen. All things considered, returning Kvyat and the highly regarded Carlos Sainz Jr.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scuderia Toro Rosso’s filming day run at the Misano World Circuit was cut short following an issue by the power unit. The Faenza-based squad ran six laps while shaking down its STR12 prior to the apparent problem with the ERS, which comes on the heels of the team switching from Ferrari to Renault power for the 2017 Formula 1 season. The Franz Tost-led squad is set to officially launch the STR12 on Sunday at Barcelona, the same day as senior team Red Bull Racing.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost highlighted Daniil Kvyat’s spirited battle with Max Verstappen in the Singapore Grand Prix as the turning point of his 2016 Formula 1 season. The Russian started the season off with Red Bull, but was swapped in favor of Max Verstappen prior to the Spanish Grand Prix – which the Dutchman went on to claim as his first F1 victory. Kvyat’s return to Toro Rosso started off rough, but his ninth-place run at Singapore was impressive enough to warrant being re-signed andRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Toro Rosso announced that its 2017 car, the STR12, has passed all of the FIA mandatory crash tests. The Italian-based team is the second to confirm its updated car has passed the set of crash tests, behind Force India. Toro Rosso made the announcement via Twitter: So guys, good news… You’ve got a car to go testing with!#AllCrashTestsPassed #WellDoneTeam 🙌🏼👍🏼💪🏼🍾✅ pic.twitter.com/0hM0DwHbwY — Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) January 13, 2017 The updated Toro Rosso car will see inherently greater changes than its STR11 predecessor, in addition to theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Toro Rosso is looking to rebrand its Renault power unit for the upcoming 2017 Formula 1 season. The Italian-based squad is moving from Ferrari as its main supplier to the French manufacturer next season in an effort to be as similar to its senior team – Red Bull Racing, whom reached an agreement with Renault for 2016 to re-badge the power units under the TAG Heuer name. Franz Tost, team principal for Toro Rosso, recently told Gazzetto dello Sport that his team aims to follow theRead More