The "other" scuderia has been on the grid for ten years now, dating back to 2005 when Dietrich Mateschitz and Gerhard Berger took over the Minardi team. In the championships since, Red Bull's B-squad has contested 185 grands prix and scored just one podium finish – but what a finish it was, when Sebastian Vettel won the rain-soaked Italian Grand Prix in 2008. Now a four-time world champion, Vettel is clearly the most accomplished of the drivers Toro Rosso has graduated over the past ten years, but the team has also given numerous other Sebastians, Daniels, and others their shot at the big leagues.
Over the years, Toro Rosso has gone from Cosworth power to Ferrari to Renault and (next season) back to Ferrari again. But its independent technical development keeps speeding forward. While the original STR1 was essentially a rehashed RB1 that David Coulthard, Christian Klien and Tonio Liuzzi drove the season prior, the latest STR10 is as original a design as any on the grid. It proved a suitable platform for young-gun Max Verstappen to have made his debut this year, outperforming his own wingman Carlos Sainz and seasoned veterans along the way.