Toro Rosso, known fully as Scuderia Toro Rosso, is an Italian
Formula 1 team and is one of 2 teams owned by Austrian energy
drinks company Red Bull. They purchased the former Minardi team in
2005 and the team debuted in 2006 with drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi
and Scott Speed.
The team were formerly called "Minardi" who competed in 345 F1
races over 20 years. Boss Paul Stoddart said he had 41 offers to
buy the team but said he wanted someone to take the team further.
The deal Red Bull signed meant they had to keep the team based in
Faenza, Italy, until at least 2007.
The team debuted at the Australian GP 2006 with drivers
Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed and 3rd driver Neel Jani.
Liuzzi had raced in a few races in the 2005 F1 season for the
parent Red Bull team, while Speed was part of the Red Bull young
driver search in America.
The team had a string of mid teen finishes, with a best result
of 8th in the US GP for Tonio Liuzzi. 1 point in the
whole season helped them finish 9th in the constructors,
only ahead of Midland and Super Aguri.
2007 brought a new engine supplier with the Ferrari V8, with
Liuzzi and Speed retaining their drivers. Speed had a bad year,
with some disappointing results which caused the American to be
dropped, replaced by Sebastian Vettel. The team scored a best
result of 4th and 6th in the Chinese Grand
Prix for Vettel and Liuzzi, scoring 8 points. This boosted them to
7th in the constructors.
2008 continued from the steady progression of 2007. Sebastian
Bourdais joined Vettel at the team. The year saw a handful of
points scoring with Vettel scoring best results of 3 fifth places,
2 sixth places and a win at the rain affected Italian Grand Prix
after taking pole the day before. It was the first win for the
team, as well as the whole Red Bull Racing franchise. Overall the
team scored 39 points, finishing 6th in the
championship. This was 1 place ahead of the Red Bull senior
Vettel moved to Red Bull for 2009, so they brought in a new
Sebastien. Sebastien Buemi replaced the German, with the Swiss
making his debut in Australia. He partnered Sebastian Bourdais at
the team, who knew it would be hard to beat 2008's results. The
team had a few points scoring finishes in the early few races,
before their progression went downhill. On July 16th the
team revealed Bourdais contract had been terminated due to poor
results. They brought in youngster Jaime Alguersuari, who struggled
with no F1 experience. Buemi scored a 7th and
8th place finish in the 2 final rounds, giving them 8
points. However due to a good performance from Force India in the
latter stages of the season, they were relegated to 10th
and last in the standings with 8 points.
Buemi and Alguersuari were the team's partnership for 2010. The
new points scoring system, from 1-10th places meant the
team had a better chance of scoring, with Alguersuari scoring his
first points in Malaysia thanks to a 9th place. A 10th
place at his home race, Spain, and a 9th at the last
round were Alguersuari's only points finishes, with Buemi
outperforming him. His best result of 8th in Canada,
along with a 9th and 2 tenth places, meant the team
finished 9th in the standings, ahead of the new
2011 was one of the team's best years. Despite them only
finishing 8th in the table they scored 41 points. They
were seen as inconsistent and struggled in qualifying, but managed
to score points even from 17th or 18th on the
grid. They really pushed forward and drivers Buemi and
Alguersuari, with the latter scoring the team's best results. He
scored 7th place in both the Italian and Korean Grand
Prix, along with 5 other points' scores. Buemi also improved, with
7 points scoring finishes and a best of 8th in Australia
and Hungary. The team often topped the speed traps, with the help
of DRS progressing them up the field. Despite the impressive
results, Alguersuari was replaced for 2012 by French rookie Jean
Eric-Vergne and Buemi moving to Red Bull as their reserve driver,
Daniel Ricciardo replacing him.
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