STR’s no RBR ‘satellite’ – Horner

Mon, 5 February 2007, 05:05

Christian Horner has rejected suggestions that Toro Rosso has become a mere ‘satellite’ outfit for the Red Bull Racing squad.

The energy drink-owned stable, as well as Honda/Super Aguri, have been bombarded with criticism of late and threatened with legal action if they go ahead with apparent plans to effectively share cars in 2007.

Horner is attributed as saying: “Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso are two completely different teams that will compete against one another at grands prix.”

Spyker and Williams have been the most outspoken about the customer car issue, but the feeling runs the length of the pit lane also amid confusion about whether the practice will be fully permitted by the rules in 2008.

Asked which teams might spring a competitive surprise this year, Renault’s technical director recently answered: “Honda, BMW.

“And Super Aguri, and I’m not joking.”

The Japanese team, led by Aguri Suzuki but with close ties to Honda, have been using one of the Tokyo-based carmaker’s works F1 cars from 2006 in winter testing this year.


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