John Booth, founder of Manor Motorsport (the Manor that now races in FIA World Endurance Championship, not Formula 1), will make a comeback to F1 on a consultancy basis for Scuderia Toro Rosso.
The Englishman was named the team’s Director of Racing on Tuesday and will be back in the F1 paddock this weekend at Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix.
“It is a great honor to join such a well-established and competitive team as Scuderia Toro Rosso” Booth said in a release. “It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to getting started and working with Franz and the team this weekend in Sochi.”
Added team principal Franz Tost, “I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Formula 1 is becoming ever more complex, with recent changes on the tire front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth. Therefore, having a competitive car and talented drivers, both of which we have, on its own is not enough. With his vast experience I am sure John will help the team raise its game and become a more effective force over a race weekend.”
Toro Rosso currently sits sixth in the Constructor’s Championship with 17 points, just one behind Haas.
Max Verstappen has scored in all three Grands Prix to start the season with Carlos Sainz Jr. adding points in two of the three rounds.
Booth will have a busy few weeks ahead; after Russia this weekend, he’ll head to Spa-Francorchamps the following weekend and then F1 is firmly in central Europe from there, with the Spanish Grand Prix on May 15. Graeme Lowdon confirmed Booth’s continued presence within the Manor WEC: