Toro Rosso in talks to rebadge F1 power unit for 2017

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Scuderia Toro Rosso is in negotiations with a sponsor over a deal to rebadge its power unit for the 2017 Formula 1 season, according to team principal Franz Tost.

Toro Rosso will return to current-year Renault engines for next season after using 2015-spec Ferrari power units for 2016.

The deal sees Toro Rosso mirror the power units supplied to parent team, Red Bull, who rebadged the engines as TAG Heuer in 2016 following a deal with the Swiss watch company.

Toro Rosso could now be set to strike a similar deal, with its power unit supplier being listed as ‘to be confirmed’ on the provisional entry sheet for the 2017 season.

“We have the opportunity to find a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year with TAG Heuer,” Tost told Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“We are in talks and discussions with a sponsor.”

Toro Rosso enjoys links with a number of sponsors already, including cloud computing company Acronis and watch brand Casio, making both possible candidates to take over sponsorship of the engine.

Tost also confirmed in the interview that Toro Rosso is on schedule with its 2017 car, the STR12, which will make its on-track debut in a filming day prior to pre-season testing in February.

“We have done the crash tests and will do a filming day with the new car before the first winter test,” he said.