Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko says Toro Rosso could adopt a Renault-inspired yellow livery as the French firm pushes for greater exposure in Formula 1.
Renault is understood to be considering returning to the sport as a full team owner, having last raced under its own name in 2009, as the outfit now known as Lotus.
The French firm has been linked with a move to takeover Red Bull junior squad Toro Rosso, but Marko says a more likely solution is the Faenza-based team could run Renault’s iconic black and yellow colours.
“Renault are spending a lot of money on this power unit – not as much as Mercedes but a significant amount – and are confronted with the same issues that we (Red Bull) have: their F1 involvement has to pay off,” Marko told the official Formula 1 website.
“Add to that that Renault feels under-represented on the marketing side so there are considerations to either buy Toro Rosso or more likely give them a yellow livery to have a better marketing platform. But of course the figures have to correspond.”
Marko insists that Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s close relationship would need to continue if any such deal was to take place in the future.
“Such a scenario would only take off if the close relationship between Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso stays intact, within the rules,” he explained.
“Red Bull Racing’s headcount is much higher, the equipment of the team is more sophisticated – so without the know-how of Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso would be hurt in its competitiveness. So as I just said, a close interaction of both teams is paramount to such a scenario.”
Image courtesy of Scuderia Toro Rosso