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Toro Rosso Aiming to Rebrand Renault Power Unit

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 the path of Red Bull.

“We have the possibility to find a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year,” Tost said.

“We’re in talks with a sponsor.”

Tost added that the STR12 is already well on its way in development, having already passed all the crash tests and is set to make its track debut at a filming day at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

“We’re respecting the road map,” Tost continued. “We did crash tests and we’ll do a filming day with the new car before the start of the winter test at Barcelona.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune, and has been on the racing scene since 2012. He has published works in AutoWeek Magazine, as well as and, among others. A background that includes semi-professional football and work at a nearby racing school, he has brought that same focus and intensity to the motorsports media world. Additionally, Joey is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, New York Rangers, and can also hold his own on a bowling lane.