Toro Rosso open to Renault engine rebranding

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In the wake of a season in which they ran year old Ferrari engines, Toro Rosso are relishing the opportunity to run up-t0-date Renault engines again and are looking to have the engines rebranded to help cover costs.

Red Bull run Renault power units rebranded to TAG Heuer, and a similar arrangement is being sought by the the organisation’s junior team.

Team principal Franz Tost told Gazzetta dello Sport, “We have the possibility to find a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year. We’re in talks with a sponsor.”

He added that the team would unveil their 2017 challenger – the STR12 – during their allotted filming day at 27 Circuit de Catalunya on February, ahead of the first test of the season in Spain.

The car has completed the mandatory FIA crash tests and is on schedule.

“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,” added Tost.