Tag Archive: Franz Tost

Sep 30

F1 ‘too easy’ as teen Verstappen makes debut

F1’s governing body has cleared the way for Max Verstappen to make history this week at Suzuka.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (6) Under existing rules, a hopeful rookie can qualify for the mandatory ‘super license’ credential by testing for more than 300 kilometres under FIA supervision. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 29

Verstappen passes medical and waits for license

Max Verstappen is clearing every hurdle as his fast-track to formula one leads to this weekend’s Japanese grand prix.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (4) The Dutchman’s ultimate seventeenth birthday present this week will be the Friday morning practice session at Suzuka, ahead of his full race debut in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 23

Red Bull denies making illegal radio calls

Red Bull has denied claims it sent illegal coded radio messages to Daniel Ricciardo during the Singapore grand prix.

2014-07-06 - 99355 - Red Bull Racing - Daniel Ricciardo After the FIA’s new communications clampdown took effect last weekend, McLaren pointed the finger at its rivals for disguising driver-performance related radio calls to Ricciardo as legal technical messages. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 20

Toro Rosso targets Suzuka debut for Verstappen

Toro Rosso intends to give Max Verstappen his F1 weekend debut in Japan early next month.

2014-08-22 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Max Verstappen (2) Earlier, it was expected that the second Red Bull team’s confirmed 2015 rookie, who is still just 16, would debut in Friday practice sessions later this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 07

Verstappen to aim for F1 license next week

Max Verstappen’s high speed rush from boyhood to the formula one grid will continue apace next week.

F3 - Max Verstappen - Van Amersfoort Racing At Monza, Toro Rosso and Red Bull chiefs Franz Tost and Dr Helmut Marko respectively have played down the 16-year-old teen’s slow-speed crash during one of his very first demonstration outings in a F1 car recently in Rotterdam. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 28

Early debut for teen Verstappen ‘really bad’ – Salo

Mika Salo has added his voice to concerns about the 2015 debut of teenager Max Verstappen.

Mika Salo Finn Salo, who raced in F1 against the 16-year-old’s father Jos, backed 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve who has questioned whether Verstappen’s signing by Toro Rosso is good for F1. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Verstappen tipped for Friday debut at Suzuka

Max Verstappen made his debut in a formula one car on Tuesday.

F3 - Max Verstappen - Van Amersfoort Racing The well-connected Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf claims Red Bull, having newly signed the 16-year-old son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, has targeted October’s Japanese grand prix as a potential first official outing for Max in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 22

‘Too old’ Vergne on quest for new F1 team

“We can’t forget that they gave me the same chance three years ago that they are giving Verstappen now”

2014-03-20 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Australia - Jean-Eric Vergne (2) Jean-Eric Vergne says he understands why Toro Rosso has dropped him for 2015 in favour of Dutch teenager Max Verstappen. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 21

Wolff ‘advised’ Verstappen to sign with Red Bull

Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes came close to signing up F1 rookie sensation Max Verstappen.

2014-03-17 - Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team - Australia - Toto Wolff 01 Ultimately, the 16-year-old Dutchman and his father-manager Jos went with Red Bull’s famous driver programme, after Dr Helmut Marko promised him a race seat for 2015 at Toro Rosso. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 20

Vergne targets 2015 after ‘cruel’ career blow

Jean-Eric Vergne insists he is not giving up on formula one.

2014-06-07_0087 Two and a half seasons into his F1 grooming by Red Bull, the energy drink company’s famously-harsh driver programme – led by the gruff Dr Helmut Marko – has given the 24-year-old Frenchman his notice.
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Aug 19

Friday debut possible for 2015 rookie Verstappen

Toro Rosso has confirmed reports Max Verstappen will become F1’s youngest ever race driver next year.

IMG_6178 The teenage Dutchman, whose father Jos drove for Toro Rosso’s former guise Minardi just over a decade ago, will replace team veteran Jean-Eric Vergne in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

2015 Scuderia Toro Rosso driver line-up

“We are happy to welcome Max into the Toro Rosso family” – Franz Tost 

08 - Scuderia Toro RossoScuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that the newly recruited Red Bull Junior Team member Max Verstappen will drive for the team from the start of the 2015 Formula 1 season, alongside Daniil Kvyat. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Pundit says Kvyat F1’s ‘man of the future’

Fresh blood is in no short supply on the F1 grid this year, as Daniel Ricciardo and Valtteri Bottas impress.

2014-06-07_0010 But if you ask Marc Surer, a former driver turned commentator for German television, he doesn’t hesitate for a second when asked who he would sign up if he ran a team. “Kvyat,” he told Speed Week instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 27

Report – Thursday ‘the end’ for struggling teams?

F1’s last chance to slash costs for struggling teams has now passed.

2014-03-30 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Malaysia -Sergio Perez - Teams The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council met in Munich on Thursday, less than a mere handful of days before the end-of-June deadline for rule changes to be made for 2015 without the near-impossible need for unanimity. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 08

Tost admits Sainz jr on road to Toro Rosso

Carlos Sainz jr is well on the road to formula one.

2014-06-05_0580 After Daniil Kvyat made his impressive F1 debut in 2014, 19-year-old Spaniard Sainz, whose father is the world rallying legend, is now the cream of Red Bull’s junior driver programme. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Toro Rosso to work more closely with Red Bull in 2015

Red Bull’s two formula one teams will work even more closely together from 2015.

2014-03-02_0037 - Scuderia Toro Rosso - Bahrain - Daniil Kvyat Already in 2014, after Toro Rosso’s switch to Renault power, the Faenza team and Red Bull Racing have been working together to solve the French supplier’s problems with its troubled new V6 engine. Read the rest of this entry »

May 20

Tost flags Toro Rosso future for Sainz jr

Carlos Sainz jr is the next driver in line at Red Bull’s F1 junior team, Toro Rosso.

GP3 - Carlos Sainz Jr (MW Arden) This year, Russian 20-year-old Daniil Kvyat has impressed despite stepping straight into F1 as the reigning GP3 champion. Read the rest of this entry »

May 11

Haas visit revs up rumours of Lotus strife

Big paddock rumours are swirling around the future of F1’s Enstone team.

Gene Haas portrait Once Ayrton Senna’s first team, Toleman, the outfit subsequently became title winning Benetton and Renault, before Kimi Raikkonen won races in the current black and gold ‘Lotus’ guise. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Russian crisis has stopped F1 sponsor talks

Russian sponsors have now “come to a standstill”

The Crimean crisis has thwarted sponsor talks between Russian companies and Sauber, the Swiss formula one team admitted. Read the rest of this entry »

May 10

Lotus isolated as non-paying Renault team

Lotus has been left isolated after supplier Renault complained about unpaid engine bills.

2014-03-17 - Lotus F1 Team - Australia - Pastor Maldonado (2) Earlier in Barcelona, Renault chief Jean-Michel Jalinier warned that some of the French marque’s F1 customers could soon have their turbo V6s turned off. Read the rest of this entry »

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