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Thursday, August 2, 2007

Toro Rosso
Former Minardi boss Paul Stoddart claims that he had as many as 41 offers to sell Minardi, but he chose Red Bull since he thought they would take it further the way he could not.

He was also insistent on retaining the Italian link for the team and hence the "Scuderia" in the name of a team now owned by an Austrian brand. Another part of this deal is that the team would be based out of Italy for the 2007 season before having the option of relocating. Although fans of the fledgling Minardi team were upset by this, commercial decisions overrode their demands of retaining the Minardi name.

2006 - The first season for the team under its new colours was rather difficult and although the car was reliable, it was hardly ever competitive to seriously challenge for points. The best finish for the season was an 8th place in the US GP to Liuzzi.

While the team were powered by Cosworth engines last season - they will take on Ferrari's V8 engine this season and race with an un-changed driver line-up of American racer Scott Speed and former F3000 Champion Tonio Liuzzi.

Team Boss: Franz Tost

Races: 28

Race Wins: 0

Constructor's Championships: 0

Engine: Ferrari V8 056

Chassis: STR-02 - Toro Rosso

Suspension: Sachs

Brakes: Brembo Carbon

Tyres: Bridgestone

Transmission: Semi-auto 7 speeds

Engine power:
GearBox: 7-speed unit + reverse
Weight: 605 kgs (including driver, camera and ballast)
Dimensions: --
Valves: -
Total displacement: -

Team Personnel:
Team manager:
Designer: -
Chief engineer: -
Drivers: Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed
Test driver: -

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