Toro Rosso would like to run customer cars

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 24:  Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost is seen in his team garage during practice for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 24, 2009 in Sakhir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Franz Tost

Franz Tost

Jun.8 (GMM) Franz Tost believes F1 teams should still be able to run a ‘customer car’ acquired from active competitors.

Since the Faenza based team was sold by Minardi in 2005, and until last year, Toro Rosso raced a chassis based on the car fielded by sister team Red Bull Racing.

But in 2010, due to a rule clarification, the team had to build up its Italian base and staff in order to design and construct its own car, the current Ferrari-powered STR5.

“Nevertheless, I am of the opinion that this rule is wrong,” team boss Tost is quoted in the latest edition of Auto Bild Motorsport.

“With an intensive collaboration between two teams, you could cut the budget in half,” adding that the lower half of the grid would also be more competitive.

However, Tost is also happy with the current situation, with Red Bull owning and operating two separate teams.

“It works perfectly: Red Bull going for the world championship, and Toro Rosso working with the next generation.

“Our current drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jamie Alguersuari are on the right track and have great futures,” added the Austrian.

Tost also thinks team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is happy.

“At the moment I don’t see any signs of a sale. In the (finance company) Money Service Group from Liechtenstein we also have our first own sponsor,” he said.