Toro Rosso launches the STR7 at Jerez

By on Monday, February 6, 2012

Scuderia Toro Rosso launched their 2012 car today, called the STR7 at the Jerez circuit, becoming the third team to unveil their car at the circuit today.

Like most other cars revealed so far in 2012, the STR7 also features the controversial 'stepped nose' solution.

Toro Rosso's team principal, Franz Tost gave his thoughts on the coming season and the new car.

“The STR 7 is the third car designed, produced and assembled entirely by Toro Rosso. Over those three years, we have increased our workforce from 160 to 300 and Toro Rosso is now in the most stable and strongest position since it was founded: apart from being up to strength in terms of personnel, we can also work from a sound financial basis, thanks to the support of Red Bull, with further backing from our sponsors, Cepsa, Nova Chemicals and Falcon Private Bank. Everything is therefore in place for us to move forward and reap the benefits of this stability on the race track," said Tost.

“STR6 was a major step forward in terms of performance compared to the 2010 car, the STR5, therefore I expect to see a further improvement with this year’s car. Last year, we finished eighth in the Constructors’ championship and clearly we want to do better than that this time. It is far too early to make predictions, but looking at the work we have done over the winter, we must set ourselves the target of finishing sixth or at least seventh by the time we pack up in Brazil in November."

This will be the seventh year that Scuderia Toro Rosso competes in the Formula 1 World Championship, since the team was created with a view to finding two extra cockpits for the stars of the future coming through the ranks of the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme. Toro Rosso has a completely new driver line-up for 2012, which features the Australian Daniel Ricciardo and the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne.

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