Toro Rosso eyes Renault engines for '14
5 February 2013 – Toro Rosso is hoping to split from current engine suppliers Ferrari for the 2014 Formula 1 campaign, with the squad eyeing up Renault units to move in line with Red Bull's drivetrain setup and 'use the synergies' of a potential deal to its advantage.
Ahead of a major overhaul to the sport's technical regulations, which includes the introduction of turbocharged V6 engines, Team Principal Franz Tost says his team is close to a deal with the manufacturer, but insists that nothing has been signed.
"It is our target to have the same engine as Red Bull, to use the synergies that are possible from the regulations" Tost explained at Jerez on Tuesday. "We are in negotiations with Renault and then we will see. No contract has been signed so far."
While explaining that an agreement does not need to be signed immediately, Tost went on to stress the importance of knowing future partners well in advance.
"Next year's drive train package is very complicated, not so much from the engine side but much more from the turbo because of the heat, for the ERS, and the gearbox," Tost added of the upcoming rule changes. "This complete package has to become one unit and you need to know as early as possible who your partners are (going to be)."
Alongside Red Bull, the Lotus, Williams and Caterham teams use Renault engines.