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Toro Rosso to use Renault engines from 2014 26 May 2013

Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 engine over.
Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8 Launch, Jerez, Spain, Monday, 4 February 2013 Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday, 12 April 2013 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Saturday, 25 May 2013

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Renault, confirmed in Monaco on Sunday that Renault will supply V6 turbo engines and energy recovery systems to Toro Rosso from 2014 onwards. The move will bring to a close Toro Rosso’s seven-year engine partnership with Ferrari at the end of this season.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to use Renault power units from the 2014 season onwards, when the new regulations will present interesting challenges,” said Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. “It is particularly important that we have managed to finalize our plans early, so that we can be as well prepared as possible for next year.

“While looking forward to working with Renault, I would also like to thank Ferrari, our engine supplier since 2007. They have provided us with an extremely effective and reliable engine and an excellent service.”

The new partnership builds on the existing relationship between Renault and Toro Rosso’s sister team Red Bull Racing, which has yielded three constructors’ and drivers’ titles in its six-year history. Terms had already been agreed to continue Renault’s association with Red Bull into 2014 and beyond, with the Milton Keynes-based team remaining the development partner for the new V6 turbo power unit.

“While it is logical we would discuss supplying Toro Rosso based on our partnership with Infiniti Red Bull Racing, it was not a foregone conclusion,” said Jean-Michel Jalinier, Renault Sport F1 President. “We carefully considered what is best for all parties before concluding the agreement.

“Toro Rosso is a well-run, established team, with strong personnel and facilities giving the team the potential to be a regular points contender. Renault remains involved in F1 to win and demonstrate the excellence of its products. To achieve our aims we need to have teams functioning at the highest level, which is why we are delighted to sign with Toro Rosso."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner added: “Strategically for Red Bull and Renault, it makes perfect sense for Scuderia Toro Rosso to use the same power unit as Infiniti Red Bull Racing from the 2014 season, which enables synergies between Red Bull and Renault to continue to grow.”

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