Formed from the ashes of the plucky Minardi team, Toro Rosso were established in 2006 as a squad in which young drivers from Red Bull’s prodigious talent pool could cut their teeth in Grand Prix racing. Sebastian Vettel gave validity to the team’s approach almost immediately, delivering a fairy-tale win, before going on to enjoy world championship success with parent team Red Bull Racing. Today the ethos of nurturing talent still holds true, though the Italian squad are no longer simply a ‘B team’ but a constructor in their own right...
Remain regular top-ten contenders, despite running a 2015-spec Ferrari power unit. Campaign disrupted somewhat by mid-season driver swap, losing rising star Verstappen to Red Bull Racing, from where Kvyat returns, but recover to yet again finish seventh in the standings, with four sixth places their best race results.
Despite boasting the youngest driver line-up in F1 racing history, Red Bull’s junior team impress from the off, with Verstappen and Sainz often upstaging their stablemates, particularly in the early running. However reliability issues - particularly with their Renault power unit - prevent them from finishing any higher than seventh.
Switch from Ferrari to Renault power, and though STR10 is quick enough to regularly make Q3, its qualifying pace rarely translates into points, with sixth in Singapore the team's best result en route to seventh in the standings.
Produce another solid if unspectacular car and Vergne and Ricciardo guide STR8 to a handful of top-ten finishes, notably former's superb sixth in Canada, and seventh places in China and Italy for latter, who is chosen to move up to Red Bull Racing for 2014.