Ex-Manor boss joins Toro Rosso

Ex-Manor boss joins Toro Rosso

Former Manor owner and team boss John Booth has accepted a new job at Toro Rosso.

Booth left the team he founded at the end of 2015, having off-loaded his stake in the outfit to Stephen Fitzpatrick at the beginning of the year.

Fitzpatrick’s involvement saved the team from extinction but as the year wore on both Booth and business partner Graeme Lowdon became increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the team.

Since leaving Formula One the pair have set up Manor Endurance Racing, fielding two LMP2 ORECA-Nissan 05s in the World Endurance Championship.

Booth appointment at Toro Rosso will therefore see him on double duty as he juggles his commitments in the WEC with his own team against his new consulting role at Toro Rosso.

“It is a great honour to join such a well-established and competitive team,” said Booth.

“It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time.

“I am looking forward to getting started and working with [team boss] Franz [Tost] and the team this weekend in Sochi.”

“I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team,” added Tost.

Formula 1 is becoming ever more complex, with recent changes on the tyre front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth.

“Therefore, having a competitive car and talented drivers, both of which we have, on its own is not enough.

“With his vast experience I am sure John will help the team raise its game and become a more effective force over a race weekend.”

Motorsport news courtesy of Velocity Magazine; Australia’s leading monthly motorsport magazine. Buy online at vmag.com.au

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