Toro Rosso have confirmed that they will be running with Renault engines for the 2014 season, a move which brings the team that many consider as the Red Bull junior team in line with their sister team.
Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn made the announcement in Monaco alongside Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost and Infiniti Red Bull Racing team prinicipal Christian Horner whose team have been using the French engine manufacturer since 2007.
“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.” said Tost.
“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.”
With the announcement bringing the two Red Bull teams in to alignment for 2014 it also brings the opportunity for the two teams sharing technology.
“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” Tost added.