Ferrari cleared to supply engines to Toro Rosso

Wed Dec 2, 2015 4:37pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One's governing body has agreed a rule change to allow Ferrari to supply the Toro Rosso team with year-old engines next season.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Wednesday that power units homologated (approved for use) in previous seasons could now be re-homologated for 2016.

"Previously no manufacturer could supply more than one specification of power unit," the FIA said.

"The World Motor Sport Council was also advised that the FIA had agreed for Ferrari to supply a fourth customer team with a 2015-specification Power Unit in 2016."

A formal deal has yet to be announced.

Ferrari are already scheduled to supply Sauber and the new U.S.-based Haas team as well as their own works entry.

Toro Rosso, who used Ferrari engines from 2007-13 and took current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel to his first Formula One victory at Monza in 2008, need a change after owners Red Bull fell out with under-performing Renault.

Red Bull are expected to continue using an engine provided by Renault for one more season after other manufacturers rejected approaches.   Continued...

A Ferrari logo is seen on a Ferrari outside the New York Stock Exchange October 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid