2015 is a special season for Scuderia Toro Rosso, because we have reached the significant landmark of a decade of competition in Formula 1. Naturally, we hope to celebrate this important anniversary with a strong showing in this year’s World Championship and we are also marking the occasion with a special logo that you will be seeing a lot more of this year.
Since those early days in 2006, when Red Bull decided to set-up a feeder team to provide seats for the best drivers to come out of its Young Driver Programme, the team has grown considerably. Indeed, including the 2015 season, we have provided cars for a total of 11 drivers, the majority making their Formula 1 debuts with us. And we weren’t fussy about where they came from; three continents in fact, America, Europe and Australia.
Our drivers have covered a total of 83,034 racing kilometres, the equivalent of two laps of the circumference of Planet Earth! We rank 20th in the all time total distance for Constructors, just one place behind Red Bull Racing. We are also right behind our sister team when it comes to race laps. Our drivers have rattled off 16,491 of them, putting us 19th overall.
Powering their Toro Rosso cars have been three different engine configurations – V10, V8 and now V6, from three different engine manufacturers. We have also used up a lot of rubber from three different tyre companies.
The figures that really matter, those for points and wins are those we will be chasing again in 2015, starting in a few weeks time in Melbourne.