Scuderia Toro Rosso has announced it has strengthened its technical team with the appointments of Jon Tomlinson and Luca Furbatto.
Briton Tomlinson has joined the team's Bicester, UK wind tunnel staff, where he takes on the role of deputy head of aerodynamics, reporting to Nicolo Petrucci. Tomlinson was head of aerodynamics at the Williams team before announcing his exit from the team together with technical director Sam Michael earlier this year. Furbatto, who had worked at McLaren since 2000, joins the design team in Faenza.
Both men have taken up their positions today and, on April 1 next year, Furbatto will take over as chief designer, reporting to technical director Giorgio Ascanelli. Ben Butler, who is Toro Rosso's current chief designer, will return to work for Red Bull Technology. Butler is expected to take charge of the customer program liaison at Red Bull Racing.