Both sides of F1's customer-car divide

Both sides of F1's customer-car divide

Few in the F1 paddock are as qualified to comment on the prospect of customer cars as Scuderia Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost. DIETER RENCKEN sat down with him to discuss them, the Strategy Group, budgets and more

Scuderia Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has certainly been around: Formula Ford/F3 racer in his youth; instructor/team manager at the Walter Lechner driving school/GT team; mainstay of Weber Management when the company oversaw the careers of both Schumacher brothers, engine operations manager for BMW when it entered F1 in 2000, and, since 2006, boss of Red Bull's nursery team.

So, when the softly spoken 59-year-old sport science and business management graduate - born in Trins within six miles of Italy's Brenner border crossing, and thus closer to Monza than to his home circuit Red Bull Ring - expresses his thoughts, they are certainly worth taking onboard.

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