Toro Rosso seeking Renault engine deal for 2014

2013 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, Jerez, 2013Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said his team is pursuing a deal to use Renault engines from 2014 so they can share technologies with sister team Red Bull.

“It’s our target to have the same engine Red Bull Racing is using to use the synergies which are possible from the regulations,” Tost told media during today’s test at Jerez.

“We are in negotiations with Renault and we’ll wait and see.” he added. “No contract signed so far.”

Toro Rosso are one of three teams which use Ferrari engines at present. Tost said Ferrari were not seeking to cut their number of engine customers.

He said he was keen to reach a deal with Renault so the team can accelerate its preparations for 2014.

“As early as you know who are the partners we go into detail and sort out the awkward questions because next year’s drivetrain package is very complicated.

“Not so much from the engine side but from the turbo because of the heat from the air system. And then there’s the gearbox, the complete package is to become one unit and you need to know as soon as possible who are partners.”

Tost said having the same engines as Red Bull would be “an advantage”. He said: “We would have the same gearbox as Red Bull because this is possible from the regulations side and for sure we will use the synergies what the regulations will allow us to do.”

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