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Toro Rosso's F1 history

Giancarlo Minardi (pictured in 1997)

Toro Rosso's Italian roots are laid by Giancarlo Minardi in 1985 when he launches his own Formula One team - it is 20 years later that Minardi is renamed and begins racing as Toro Rosso

Pierluigi Martini (left) and driving the 1990 Minardi

Minardi's first driver Pierluigi Martini (pictured in the 1990 car) is synomous with the team, winning 18 points during three spells and finishing fourth twice in 1991 - the team's joint-best result

Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso in their Minardi uniforms

Minardi hand debuts to talents like Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso but still struggle to get off the back of the grid

Paul Stoddart in the Minardi pits in 2001

Australian businessman and Formula 3000 team owner Paul Stoddart rescues the popular but cash-strapped Minardi team in 2001

Paul Stoddart (left) and Mark Webber celebrate fifth at the 2002 Australian GP

Australian Mark Webber finishes fifth in his debut race in Melbourne and gives Stoddart something to celebrate in 2002 but in the following three seasons Minardi finish rock bottom in the standings

Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz

Despite having his hands on one team, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz decides to buy another and snaps up Minardi in 2005

Gerhard Berger, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed

Former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger then buys 50% of the team to become joint owner while Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed are chosen as drivers as the team prepares to make its debut in 2006

Vitantonio Liuzzi drives the 2006 Toro Rosso

Liuzzi benefits from the knock-on effects of two big accidents in the US Grand Prix and crosses the line in eighth to win Toro Rosso's first point - but it is the only point the Italian team will win all season

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed wait at the Nurburgring after crashing out

Toro Rosso are powered by Ferrari in 2007 but are way off track, retiring 13 times in the first 10 races because of poor reliability

Scott Speed (left) and Sebastian Vettel

Speed's F1 career comes to an abrupt end after a bust-up with team boss Franz Tost at the European GP and the American is replaced by promising German Sebastian Vettel for the rest of the 2007 campaign

Vitantonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed celebrate after the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix

Toro Rosso finish 2007 on a high as Vettel finishes fourth at a wet Chinese Grand Prix and Liuzzi follows in sixth for a record points haul

Sebastien Bourdais in action at Albert Park 2007

New recruit Sebastien Bourdais gets his F1 career off to a good start by finishing seventh in the Australian Grand Prix - but it doesn't get better than that for the Frenchman for the rest of 2008

Sebastian Vettel celebrates victory at the Italian Grand Prix in 2008

Vettel's star continues to rise and the German collects the team's first pole at Monza and makes it count by storming to a shock first Grand Prix victory for Toro Rosso at the Italian GP

Sebastian Vettel leads team-mate Sebastien Bourdais in Bahrain

A breakthrough season sees Toro Rosso finish sixth in the constructors' championship above parent company Red Bull

Sebastien Buemi

More changes for 2009 see Vettel and Berger leave Toro Rosso and new driver Sebastien Buemi (pictured) arrive while Mateschitz puts the team up for sale saying he has to sell by 2010



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