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Renault and Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced a long-term partnership that will see Renault Sport F1 supply STR with its power unit (turbocharged V6 engine and energy recovery systems) from 2014 onwards. The reborn Minardi team is currently powered by Ferrari.

The partnership builds on the existing relationship between Renault and Toro Rosso’s sister team Infiniti Red Bull Racing, which has yielded three constructors’ and drivers’ titles in its six year history. Terms have also been agreed to continue this association into 2014 and beyond, with RBR remaining the development partner for the new V6 turbo engine.

“While it is logical we would discuss supplying Toro Rosso based on our partnership with Red Bull Racing, it was not a foregone conclusion. We carefully considered what is best for all parties before concluding the agreement. Toro Rosso is a well-run, established team, with strong personnel and facilities giving the team the potential to be a regular points contender,” said Jean-Michel Jalinier, Renault Sport F1 president.

“Off track it will also enable us to further promote the association with the Red Bull brand to our customers worldwide. We look forward to creating a long and multi-level relationship with Toro Rosso, just as we have with Red Bull Racing,” he added.

“We are very pleased to have reached an agreement to use Renault power units from the 2014 season onwards, when the new regulations will present interesting challenges. It is particularly important that we have managed to finalise our plans early, so that we can be as well prepared as possible for next year,” said Franz Tost, STR’s team principal.