Scuderia Toro Rosso has strengthened its technical team with two key appointments on the design and aerodynamic front, it was announced today.

Luca Furbatto joins the design team in Faenza having worked at McLaren since 2000, where the Italian's most recent role was that of assistant project leader on the design of this year's F1 car and prior to that he was head of stress analysis and materials.

Jon Tomlinson meanwhile has joined the Bicester wind tunnel team, where he takes on the role of deputy head of aerodynamics, reporting to Nicolo Petrucci. The 38-year-old was previously at Williams, where he was head of aerodynamics since 2007.

Both men have taken up their positions today and on 1 April 2012, Furbatto will take over as chief designer, reporting to technical director Giorgio Ascanelli, when Ben Butler returns to work for Red Bull Technology in Milton Keynes.