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Formula One: Alfa Romeo branding set for Toro Rosso?

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With 2015 Ferrari power unit supply secured for Italy’s second F1 team in 2016 and reports published by the Reuters Sergio Marchionne, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO, has hinted Ferrari power units may soon sport Alfa Romeo branding for a customer team within F1. The possibility of Scuderia Toro Rosso adopting the branding is an increasing possibility.

Whilst public offerings in both the New York and Milan stock exchange have effectively spun Ferrari off from FCA, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, through majority shareholder Exor retain significant shareholding in the sports car maker and as such remain keen to transfer the racing pedigree across other brands within the organisation.

Both Scuderia Ferrari and Scuderia Toro Rosso have declined to comment on speculation around possible branding at this time, but the rumours have not dissipated. With news emerging this morning that Spanish oil giant Cepsa have not renewed sponsorship commitments with Toro Rosso clearing the way for possible Shell branding with the team for the 2016 season possible alignment appears increasingly likely.

The rationale for FCA and Ferrari to pursue such a move exists on both a commercial and sporting front. Commercially FCA could lean on the youthful nature of Toro Rosso, Red Bull and the young driver line up in an attempt to entice a younger audience to the Alfa Romeo brand, a brand which with ambition exists to more than quadruple sales by 2018. From a sporting perspective there is then the question around the future of Max Verstappen; following a sensational rookie year in 2015 many expect Mercedes and Ferrari to be battling to secure his services at the earliest possible juncture. Getting Verstappen under the Alfa Romeo brand whilst still under Red Bull contract and exposing him to virtues of life as a Ferrari driver may go a long way to steering the decision toward a scarlet future.

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Formula One: New names injected into the Red Bull Junior Team

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Though the final line up of the 2016 Red Bull Junior Team will not be announced until the new year, there are at least three new names that will be featuring next season: Sérgio Sette Câmara, Niko Kari and Luis Leeds.

Luis Leeds

Born 6/3/2000 in Melbourne, Australia
Competing in the 2016 MSA Formula with Arden

The 2015 Mexican Grand Prix was a big event for Australian Leeds, who grabbed the attention of the F1 world by convincingly winning the opening race of the new Mexican F4 Series. “To travel overseas and race in Mexico was an amazing experience and to have the success was unbelievable,” enthused the 15-year-old, who has just completed his first F4 season in Australia.

“To think that I am now part of the Red Bull Junior Team is just incredible and I can’t wait for the MSA Formula season to start in Britain. I know that the level of competition will be much higher, but at least the cars will be the same so I can take what I have learnt here and make use of it.”

Niko Kari

Born 6/10/1999 in Tuusula, Finland
Competing in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Motopark/Timo Rumpfkeil

Finnish 16-year-old Kari comes to the team as SMP F4 Champion, having dominated the Northern European series with seven wins and 19 podiums from the 21 races. “It was a great year and the series had some really good drivers so it wasn’t easy. I believe that if you do your work well you can achieve your aims and shouldn’t be worried about it,” asserted Kari.

“That’s the way I am looking at next season, of course I will have a lot to learn in F3 but I will work hard to make the best of this big opportunity. It’s a great feeling to be invited to be part of the Red Bull Junior Team. I think it will be a fantastic year, I can’t wait to see Pau, that will be my first street circuit and to go to Spa, that is my favourite, I have already tested there a few times in a Formula Renault and F3 car.”

Sérgio Sette Câmara

Born 23/5/1998 in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Competing in the 2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Motopark/Timo Rumpfkeil

With impressive pace at Zandvoort and Macau, Sérgio showed something of what he is capable of. “Yes, my first season in single seater didn’t start that well for me, but the podium in Spa came at the right time and from there things improved a lot and especially the second part of the season with the podium at Red Bull Ring and the third in the Zandvoort Masters gave me a lot of confidence.”

“I am very proud to join the Red Bull family and it is a great opportunity to be part of it, I am very grateful for it. I am very confident for this coming season and really looking forward to start competing again. I am sure that, together with the team and working on the same direction as we are, we will get our objectives.”

Formula One: Scuderia Toro Rosso confirm Ferrari power unit supply for 2016

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Scuderia Toro Rosso and Scuderia Ferrari have reached an agreement that will see our team use the current Ferrari Power Unit  (2015 iteration) in the 2016 Formula One season.

On-track testing will begin in February, 2016 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain.