FRANZ TOST

COUNTRY Austria

HOMETOWN Trins, Austria

DATE OF BIRTH 20/01/1956

FRANZ TOST

NATIONALITY Austria

HOMETOWN Trins, Austria

DATE OF BIRTH 20/01/1956

FRANZ TOST

NATIONALITY Austria

HOMETOWN Trins, Austria

DATE OF BIRTH 20/01/1956

meet FRANZ

As a young lad, Franz Tost’s big hero was fellow countryman Jochen Rindt: his bedroom walls were covered with posters of the Austrian ace and when it was dissertation time at school, Franz’s classmates would all groan, as they knew what was coming – another bloody eulogy to Rindt. Inevitably, Tost found himself behind the wheel, racing a Formula Ford. He was quick enough to win the 1983 Austrian FF Championship, but he felt he would not make it to the top as a driver so a degree in Sports Management from Innsbruck University was next on the agenda. This led to a job at the Walter Lechner Racing School at the Zeltweg circuit.

From there, Tost moved to a team management role with EUFRA Racing and at the end of 1993, he was taken on as team manager to Willi Weber’s Formula 3 team. It was here that he first crossed paths with Ralf Schumacher and Weber asked Tost to accompany the youngster to Japan. The relationship continued when Ralf stepped up to Formula 1, driving for Jordan and then Williams. That in turn led to Tost being appointed Operations Manager with BMW’s Formula 1 programme. Then in 2005, he was appointed Team Principal with the newly formed Scuderia Toro Rosso. To this day, Franz has been at the helm of our team and today, he continues to steer it in the new Scuderia AlphaTauri era with the same enthusiasm as always.

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career

1978-1982Laurea in Scienze dello Sport, Università di Innsbruck
1982-1985Laurea Magistrale in Management dello Sport, Università di Vienna
1979-1985Formula Ford 1600, Formula Ford 2000 e Formula 3. Vittoria del campionato austriaco di Formula Ford 1600 nel 1983.
1985-1988Direttore e istruttore presso la Scuola di pilotaggio Walter Lechner – Team Manager in Formula Ford e Formula 3 presso la scuderia Walter Lechner Racing
1989-1991Eufra Racing Team – Team Manager
1992-1993Vienna Racing Team – Vice Team Manager
1993-1995WTS Formula 3 Team – Team Manager
1995-2000WEBER Management – Marketing Manager
2000-2005BMW Williams F1 – Responsabile delle operazioni in pista
2006-2019Scuderia Toro Rosso – Team Principal
2020Scuderia AlphaTauri – Team Principal
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