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...
Another season, another seventh-placed finish, despite a move to Renault power (as used by parent team Red Bull) and despite starting the year with one driver line-up – Carlos Sainz (released to Renault as a new Honda engine deal is agreed for 2018) and Daniil Kvyat (dropped after erratic form) – and ending it with another – Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly.
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.