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Toro Rosso strengthen technical team 01 Dec 2011

Jaime Alguersuari (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Suzuka, Japan, Saturday, 8 October 2011 Sam Michael (AUS) Williams Technical Director (Left) and Patrick Head (GBR) Williams Director of Engineering (Right).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 27 March 2009

Toro Rosso have strengthened their technical line-up ahead of the 2012 season with two key appointments to the Italian team’s design and aerodynamics departments.

Luca Furbatto joins the design team in Faenza having worked at McLaren since 2000, where the 39-year-old Italian’s most recent role was that of assistant project leader on the design of this year’s Formula One car. Prior to that he was McLaren’s head of stress analysis and materials.

Jon Tomlinson has joined Toro Rosso’s UK-based Bicester wind tunnel team, where he takes on the role of deputy head of aerodynamics, reporting to Nicolo Petrucci. The 38-year-old Englishman joins from Williams, where he had been head of aerodynamics since 2007. Prior to that he worked at Jordan and Renault.

Both men took up their Toro Rosso positions on Thursday and on April 1, 2012, Furbatto will take over as chief designer, reporting to technical director Giorgio Ascanelli, when Ben Butler returns to work for Red Bull Technology in Milton Keynes in the UK.

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