Only about a week ago an annoucement finally came from Super Aguri. The
unofficial Honda B-team has been acquired by the Magma group. No details have been made public yet but the news emerged that major staff reshuffle and change of the name for the team is planned shortly.
Today Dietrich Mateschitz confirmed what newspapers have been speculating about for months – the Scuderia Toro Rosso, the Red Bull’s junior team is up for sale.
“It is not a big secret that we have put Toro Rosso on the market. For the start of 2010 there will be a rule change and there will be no more synergy regarding design and construction of cars between Red Bull Racing and Scuderia Toro Rosso. There I see the necessity that we continue with one team only. We will not sell Toro Rosso during the 2008 season, but it will be before 2010.”
Other than saying that he would sell only to a quality buyer he did not reveal much. In the past the team was linked to A1 chairman Tony Teixeira and even Michael Schumacher . The sightings of Roustam Tariko and Gerhard Berger in Melbourne sparked rumours the Russian businessman may be the one looking to buy.
This along with the Prodrive fiasco means the end of customer cars and the B-teams era in Formula 1 is near.