Toro Rosso set to re-badge Renault power units

Toro Rosso is set to follow Red Bull in re-badging its Renault power units in 2017 as part of a sponsorship agreement.

Red Bull’s relationship with Renault almost broke down completely after a winless 2015, but eventually the pair reached an agreement which saw Red Bull running the French power unit under the Tag Heuer name. This year saw Toro Rosso using year-old Ferrari power units but it will return to Renault next season as part of a new deal, and team principal Franz Tost has confirmed the junior team is set to follow suit.

“We have the possibility to find a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year,” Tost is quoted as saying by La Gazzetta dello Sport. “We’re in talks with a sponsor.”

Such a move was hinted at following the release of the official 2017 entry list from the FIA, with Red Bull’s engine supplier named as Tag Heuer and Toro Rosso the only team to show ‘TBC’ when it came to power units.

Like Ferrari, Tost says Toro Rosso will also run its 2017 car before the official start of pre-season testing, with a filming day planned.

“We’re respecting the road map. 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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