Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced that John Booth has joined the team on a consultancy basis as the director of racing:
“Scuderia Toro Rosso is pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, John Booth
will begin working with the team on a consultancy basis in the role of
Director of Racing. The Englishman, who has wide ranging experience in all forms of motorsport, including Formula 1, will take up his responsibilities as from this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
“It is a great honour to join such a well-established and competitive team as Scuderia
Toro Rosso” said John Booth.
“It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to getting started and working with Franz and the team this weekend in Sochi.”
Team Principal Franz Tost commented:
“I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Formula 1 is becoming evermore complex,
with recent changes on the tyre front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth.
Therefore, having a competitive car and talented drivers, both of which we have, on
its own is not enough. With his vast experience I am sure John will help the team raise
its game and become a more effective force over a race weekend.”
Responding to the announcement, partner of the Manor Endurance Racing team, Graeme Lowdon, has confirmed via Twitter that John remains part of the Manor WEC team and will be present at the 2nd round of the championship coming from Spa. It is not yet clear how John will split his time between the Le Mans 24hrs weekend and the Grand Prix of Europe in Baku.