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Toro Rosso in sponsor talks to rebrand Renault engines

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Toro Rosso in sponsor talks to rebrand Renault engines
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Toro Rosso has revealed it is in talks with a sponsor over a possible deal to rebrand its Renault engines next year, like sister Formula 1 team Red Bull.

Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 on the grid
Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11

Red Bull continues to use the French power units but, after a difficult 2015 season, both parties agreed that the team would re-badge the engines, and now Red Bull races them under the TAG Heuer name.

Toro Rosso will use Renault engines again in 2017 after having spent 2016 with year-old Ferrari power units.

Team boss Franz Tost has revealed the Faenza-based squad is considering following Red Bull's example.

"We have the possibility to find a title sponsor to rebrand our 2017 engine, as Red Bull did last year," Tost told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We're in talks with a sponsor," he added.

Tost also said the new STR12 car has already passed the crash tests and that it will make its track debut during a filming day at the Barcelona circuit, ahead of the start of proper testing.

"We're respecting the road map," he added. "We did crash tests and we'll do a filming day with the new car before the start of the winter test at Barcelona."

Additional reporting by Giacomo Rauli

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Author Pablo Elizalde