Back in May of this year it was confirmed that Scuderia Toro Rosso would be dropping its Ferrari engine in 2017, in favour of a Renault power unit which is currently used by sister team Red Bull Racing.
Toro Rosso, who finished the 2016 Constructors’ championship in seventh position with a total of 63 points, had previously partnered with Renault in 2014 and 2015. However the engine the Red Bull junior team used was not of current-spec, but instead that of the 2015 model. The performance from this older Ferarri engine was disappointing and so the move back to Renault power did not come as a surprise to many.
One individual who is excited to see Toro Rosso back to their best with the help of Renault is 2016 GP2 Champion Pierre Gasly. The Frenchman expressed his enthusiasm for the change in power unit in an exclusive interview on this site.
“I think it is going to be good,” Gasly said about the French manufacturer soon to be used in both the Red Bull Racing car and that of the Toro Rosso.
“This year [the team] have struggled a lot with the Ferrari engine because it was an old spec. It was definitely the weakest point of the team. The time was a bit silly in all the straights and even worse at the end of the season when the other [teams] improved.
“I think the upgrade that Renault will bring next year should defiantly make the team more competitive from what they were this season. I think it is quite exciting as already this season the team has had good results and I should imagine that there will be an increase in performance that will be quite huge. I think we will see the team fighting for some more points next year but let’s see what happens.”
Gasly has been linked to a seat at Toro Rosso in 2017 after his stunning GP2 season this year, in addition to Nico Rosberg announcing his immediate retirement from the sport. However it seems more realistic that the Red Bull athlete would enter the sport for the 2018 season and Gasly seems to think that will be the case too:
“At the moment nothing is signed. We are looking at different options, especially Japan and the Super Formula. I know Red Bull is looking at a few teams so an option like this, like Stoffel Vandoorne had this season, we will make the time to wait for a year and then see if I can get into Formula 1 in 2018. I think that makes sense to go there. Let’s see where it goes.”