I wonder … if, hypothetically, Red Bull were to sign Lewis Hamilton, what would become of Toro Rosso?
Christian Horner has made it pretty clear that Red Bull want to keep Sebastian Vettel for as long as possible. And if they were to take Lewis Hamilton, they’d obviously want him to race for them for as long as possible as well.
So where does that leave Toro Rosso?
Right now, the team is seriously underperforming. Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne are failing to live up to expectations, and I think the team is in serious danger of being caught by Caterham – both on the track and in the points. What’s more, the Red Bull Young Driver Program has a presence in every major feeder series, whether through direct sponsorship, or through Christian Horner’s Arden International. They don’t need Toro Rosso anymore, because it’s cheaper and easier to run drivers in the junior categories. The effect of that will be doubled if they secure Vettel and Hamilton for years to come. I just can’t see anyone being able to justify the expense of a second Formula 1 team.