Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Toro Rosso recruits chief designer from McLaren

2011 F1 seasonPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2011
Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso, Buddh International Circuit, 2011

Toro Rosso has hired Luca Furbatto from McLaren as its new chief designer.

The 39-year-old, who was an assistant project engineer on the MP4-26, will join Toro Rosso next month.

Furbatto spent 11 years at McLaren.

Toro Rosso has expanded its technical staff since a change in the rules last year required the team to design its own car instead of using chassis supplied by Red Bull Technology.

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27 comments on “Toro Rosso recruits chief designer from McLaren”

    1. What?! Toro Rosso have one of the best liveries on the grid! Make Red Bull change theirs, it’s far duller!

      This news pleases me though. I’ve got a big soft spot for the team and it’d be great if they could get back to regularly having their 2008 levels of competitiveness.

        1. I’ve always felt that Red Bull would’ve done better to market their F1 team, as well as their products by adopting a color scheme more similar to the Red Bull can (more silver in the design). I think it would make them more identifiable with the fans (especially new fans). Personally I’ve always felt that them & Toro Rosso were too similar. Just my opinion, of course.

  1. Toro Rosso have had a great second half of the season…I was worried they would lack support, but they have really got there stuff together and are a great little team.
    I hope and can see them improving even more next year after what was a shaky ‘first’ year for them last in 2010.

  2. As good as it is to see Toro Rosso doing well, I find them the least interesting team on the grid. With only 12 teams in the world’s premier category, I’d like to see 12 unique identities.

    1. @bookoi I see where you’re coming from but I don’t mind the Red Bull teams in their current form. Although STR have only produced Vettel so far as a world champion, I expect he won’t be the last. Having STR design their own car is much better than RBR influence.

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