Former Manor Racing Team Principal John Booth has joined Scuderia Toro Rosso in a consultancy role as Director of Racing the Italian team confirmed on Tuesday.

Booth along with Graeme Lowdon left the Manor Racing Team at the end of last season following a disagreement with new team owner Stephen Fitzpatrick and earlier this year the duo announced that they have launched Manor Racing in the WEC LMP2 class with former F1 driver Will Stevens joining the team.

Booth with split his time between the Manor WEC programme and his Formula One commitments with Toro Rosso starting with this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix where he will join the team at the circuit.

Speaking following the announcement, the Englishman commented by saying:

It is a great honour to join such a well-established and competitive team as Scuderia Toro Rosso” said John Booth. “It is a team that has achieved so much in a relatively short space of time. I am looking forward to getting started and working with Franz and the team this weekend in Sochi.

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost commented by saying:

I have known John for many years and I am delighted to welcome him to the team. Formula 1 is becoming ever more complex, with recent changes on the tyre front, car set-up, radio communications and so forth. Therefore, having a competitive car and talented drivers, both of which we have, on its own is not enough. With his vast experience I am sure John will help the team raise its game and become a more effective force over a race weekend.

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