Scuderia Toro Rosso was the third team to launch its car for the 2012 season on Monday, unveiling the STR7 at the Jerez circuit. As expected, the car features a stepped nose, similar to that seen in all the 2012 cars unveiled so far apart from the McLaren, which opted for a different approach.
The Toro Rosso, powered by Ferrari engines for the sixth season in a row, will be driven by Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne after the team opted for an all-new lineup for the upcoming season. Last year, the Faenza-based squad finished in eighth place in the standings with Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi at the wheel.
"On Saturday, when loading the car I wasn't convinced we could do it in time, as there was so much snow, but we did it," said team boss Franz Tost during the launch. "The STR7 is the third car designed, fabricated and assembled completely by Toro Rosso. We have invested a lot of money to build up the infrastructure and I hope the results will be good in the forthcoming season. This investment was only possible because we have strong partners.
"Tomorrow, we go out the first time with the new car and it is always something very special. We have two new highly skilled drivers and I am convinced both will do a very good job. Last year we finished eighth in constructors' and this year we hope to do better, so seventh or more."
The new car will take to the track for the first time tomorrow, with Australian Ricciardo doing the driving.