Toro Rosso are said to be in discussions with a sponsor to ‘rebrand’ its supply of new Renault engines for the 2017 season.
Following the fall out with Renault in 2015, sister team Red Bull remained a customer of Renault but instead rebranded the engine with watch manufacturer TAG Heuer. There has been a president for this in the past which have included Sauber renaming the Ferrari engine Petronas after their main sponsor, and other Renault derived engines including Supertec and Playlife.
Toro Rosso are returning to the Renault engine following the upturn in form for Red Bull last season, as the team were forced to use a year old Ferrari engine for 2016. Although results were good, at some tracks the lack of performance showed, and at the end of the year was noticeable the reduction in wing levels to compensate.
Talking to the Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy, Team Principal Franz Tost said, “We have the opportunity of finding a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year with TAG-Heuer.
“We are in talks and are in discussions with a sponsor.”
It has also been widely reported that the team have completed all the crash tests they need to complete before the Winter Test at the end of February, one of the first teams to announce so.