Toro Rosso confirms switch to Ferrari power units for 2016

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Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that it will race with Ferrari power units in the 2016 Formula 1 season, ending its relationship with Renault after two years.

Toro Rosso and parent team Red Bull both had a number of issues with the Renault power units across the course of 2015, prompting both to seek alternative supplies for the new year.

Having been rejected by Mercedes and seeing a deal with Honda vetoed by McLaren’s Ron Dennis, Red Bull was offered a 2015-spec power unit by Ferrari for its teams in 2016.

The main Red Bull team rejected this deal, and will instead race with a TAG Heuer-branded Renault power unit, but was agreed for Toro Rosso.

“Scuderia Toro Rosso and Scuderia Ferrari have reached an agreement that will see our team use the current Ferrari Power Unit in the 2016 Formula 1 season,” a short statement from the team reads.

“On-track testing will begin in February, 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.”

Toro Rosso was powered by Ferrari between 2007 and 2013 before switching to Renault for the start of the new V6 turbo era in 2014.

With the team’s future now firmed up, drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. can begin to prepare for their sophomore seasons in F1 after impressive rookie campaigns.