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GP Week : Issue 22
> F1NEWS> Toro Rosso looks to the future SCUDERIA Toro Rosso is set to begin a recruitment drive as it strives to move itself up the grid and establish its long term future as an independent Formula 1 team. Relying heavily on sister team Red Bull for financial and technical support in its existence since the company bought the former Minardi F1 Team, Toro Rosso will, in 2010, have to become a 100 percent legitimate constructor. Rumours in Hungary suggested the team was looking to employ at least 50 extra members of staff before the end of the season. Team co-owner Gerhard Berger was coy on the subject, but admitted that the team, which will still be allowed to exist as a customer team in 2009, was naturally looking to the future. “First, we are not a customer car team,”he told GPWeek. “A customer car is if I go to Ferrari and say, ‘sell me your car, give me last year’s car and let me race it.’ We are not a customer car. We are working with Red Bull Technology but our car is quite a different one simply already from the engine, radiator, gearbox … so we are clearly not a customer car.” “But we are trying to grow, and if we want to improve our performance we have to grow. I wouldn’t say 50 people but I would say that we definitely want to strengthen ourselves for the future.” Unconfirmed reports at the Hungaroring claimed the recruitment drive had already begun, with the first big name to sign up to the squad being designer Fabio Segalini, the man who, while employed at Italian powerhouse Dallara Automobili, was responsible for the design of the first generation GP2 car.