The request from Formula One’s Toro Rosso to change its name to Scuderia AlphaTauri from next season has been approved, according to Motorsport.com.
News of the Red Bull-owned team’s request to rebrand itself first emerged a few weeks ago. Now it has been reported that a Formula One Commission e-vote took place in the week after the Russian Grand Prix and the name change was approved.
Formula One had apparently already given its blessing to the switch, meaning Toro Rosso, Red Bull’s secondary team, is all set to be named after the energy drink company’s emerging fashion brand from the 2020 season.
Such a move is relatively rare in Formula One, unless there has been a change in ownership or to denote title sponsors.
So far, there has been no official word from either Toro Rosso or the International Automobile Federation (FIA).
On the track, Toro Rosso’s drivers Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat finished eighth and 11th at the Japanese Grand Prix, leaving them seventh and 13th in the drivers’ championship. The team next head to Mexico later this month, lying sixth in the drivers’ standings.