Dietrich Mateschitz and Gerhard Berger, the owners of Formula One team Scuderia Toro Rosso, have told Swiss publication Motorsport Aktuell that the team is on the market. Due to rule changes expected to come into force in 2010, customer chassis will be outlawed, meaning the operation of Red Bull’s second squad will be made a lot harder. Currently, the smaller team receives a chassis from Red Bull each year that is remarkably similar to the larger team’s. But the extra cost and burden of designing and building a separate car is too much for Red Bull to take.
Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner of the energy drink company, has said that he would like a new owner in place by the end of 2009, just prior to the new rules coming into effect. According to Autosport, two names are currently floating around as potential new owners; Roustam Tariko and Tony Teixeira. Tariko is a Russian businessman who was a guest of Berger’s at last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, and Teixeira is chairman of the A1GP series.
For the start of 2010 there will be a rule change and there will be no more synergy regarding design and construction of cars between Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. There I see the necessity that we continue with one team only. We will not sell Toro Rosso during the 2008 season, but it will be before 2010. Dietrich Mateschitz.
The team have made significant improvements over the last 6-12 months, with Sebastian Vettel qualifying tenth in Australia and Sebastien Bourdais finishing in a fine seventh (eighth on track). The progress of the team is expected to continue when they get their new car after the flyaway races and the sale will help Red Bull concentrate fully on the parent team. Mateschitz has insisted that a sale will not happen in 2008, but wants new owner/s in place at some point in 2009.