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Toro Rosso strengthens technical team with Jon Tomlinson and Luca Furbatto

Jaime Alguersuari, Toro RossoScuderia 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 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 1 April 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 in Milton Keynes.

AUTOSPORT understands Butler is set to take charge of the customer programme liaison at Red Bull Racing.

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