Formula One’s Toro Rosso could change name at the end of the Formula One season with the Red Bull-owned team set to race in future as Alpha Tauri, a fashion brand also owned by the energy drinks giant.
Any change of name has to be approved by the International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) Formula One commission, World Motor Sport Council, and Liberty Media, the series’ commercial rights holder.
Red Bull’s motorsport consultant Helmut Marko told Speedweek.com at the Russian Grand Prix that the team had gained approval the move.
“Now the application goes through the different teams,” said the Austrian. “I expect no difficulties.”
There has been no official word from Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s secondary team, but Formula One sources confirmed to the Reuters agency that the process was ongoing.
The Council holds its third meeting of the year on Friday at Motorworld, which houses the Michael Schumacher private collection, in the German city of Cologne, but its Formula One commission could vote before then by email.
Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Italian translation of “Red Bull Team”, were known as Minardi before the change of ownership at the end of 2005. The team’s high point came in 2008 when Sebastian Vettel won the Italian Grand Prix from pole position at Monza, a rare occasion of a Ferrari-powered team beating the works outfit. Toro Rosso now use Honda engines.