MONACO – At a press conference held on the Red Bull Energy Station in the Monaco harbour a few hours prior to the Monaco Grand Prix, it was revealed that Scuderia Toro Rosso will use Renault power units and engine recovery systems beginning in 2014.
Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn made the announcement, along with Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost and Christian Horner of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, which has been powered by Renault since 2007.
Toro Rosso currently uses Ferrari engines in Formula One competition.
“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to use Renault power units from the 2014 season onwards, when the new regulations will present interesting challenges,” Tost said. “It is particularly important that we have managed to finalise our plans early, so that we can be as well prepared as possible for next year. While looking forward to working with Renault, I would also like to thank Ferrari, our engine supplier since 2007. They have provided us with an extremely effective and reliable engine and an excellent service.
“History shows us how successful Renault has been in Formula 1, with over 150 Grands Prix wins, not to mention taking the last three titles with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. I believe Renault will come up with a very powerful and efficient package to suit the new regulations and we want to be part of this. In addition, the use of the Renault engine will allow us to enjoy synergies with Red Bull Technology, as we will run their gearbox from 2014 onwards and that will help us reduce costs as we will have no need to develop our own. Our engineers have already had meetings with Renault, sharing information about working practices and now that the agreement has been signed, we will continue these meetings to deal with the very complicated technologies involved in next year’s power package,” Tost said.