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An evening with Scuderia Toro Rosso & Acronis

Scuderia Toro Rosso & Acronis Event @ JW Marriott Hotel, Putrajaya 

A few days before the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, I was invited along to an evening with Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso team as part of the Acronis Racing week event. Acronis is a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, meeting the needs of the modern IT infrastructure and also offering complete protection for all data through backup, storage, file sync and share solutions.

Team Scuderia Toro Rosso L-R Franz Tost (Team Manager)
Carlos Sainz (Driver) Pierre Gasly (Driver) 

Scuderia Toro Rosso Trackside Engineer 

Scuderia Toro Rosso is an Italian Formula 1 team, processing and generating large amounts of data every day fully relying on the uninterruptible performance of the IT and manufacturing infrastructure. Data security and availability is critical to the company's performance and competitive advantage on and off the track. As Motorsport data is highly sensitive and must be secured, Scuderia Toro Rosso team's performance and success depends on data safety and integrity. As part of its partnership with Acronis, the team deployed Acronis Access Advanced as the solution for secure file access and sharing.

At the JW Marriott hotel in Putrajaya, KL the latest Acronis Access Advanced 8.0 which is an enterprise file sync and share solution helping companies ensure security and flexibility when sharing data with remote devices, was presented to the media.

"With Acronis Access Advanced, we're in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way," says Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT.

Drivers drawing Sepang Circuit from memory 

The evening entertainment came in the form of an appearance and interview by Scuderia Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost and the team's 2 drivers Carlos Sainz and their new driver Pierre Gasly making his F1 debut at Sepang circuit. A speed painting session was organised by Acronis, where the 2 drivers were tested on their memory of the Sepang circuit by painting it in the time it takes to do a lap of the circuit - 1 min 34 secs! Both drivers did a pretty good job though just quite not as good as Haze Long a speed painter who comprised her own surprise masterpiece featuring portraits of both drivers in about 5 mins. She later presented the painting to Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Manager, Franz Tost.

Local Malaysian Speed Painter Haze Long at work 

The surprise painting is revealed 

Both drivers look pretty pleased with how they look 

Haze Long presents her portrait of both drivers and Toro Rosso F1 racing car 

Selfie with both drivers 

There's no denying that we like speed, and that's why the collaboration between Scuderia Toro Rosso and Acronis is an exciting one. It's the marriage of two-speed devils - the first is one of the fastest F1 racing teams in the world; the second, the fastest backup software on the planet.

Prize Draw giving away Scuderia Toro Rosso Acronis F1 racing team memorabilia 

I won a Toro Rosso Acronis Lanyard 

About Acronis
Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete, and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at

this experience is written by Gareth Tucker who wanted to meet the two F1 racers