Toro Rosso STR9 revealed at Jerez

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

Toro Rosso has unveiled the STR9 in the pit lane at Jerez, ahead of the first test of the year.

The STR9 will be driven by Jean-Eric Vergne and reigning GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat.

Vergne will test the car on Tuesday and Thursday, with duties falling to team-mate Kvyat on Wednesday and Friday.

Toro Rosso has switched from Ferrari to Renault power for 2014, aligning themselves with world champions Red Bull.

"In 2012, we began a concept study for STR9, the earliest we have ever started a new car project, As time went by, more and more of our staff were involved in the project, as we invested a lot of effort and resources, both technical and financial into the design of the new car," said team principal Franz Tost.

"In 2014 the key parameters for success will be finding the best balance between deploying the power of the engine and managing the 100kg fuel limit per race, the use of the two energy recovery systems and, just as in the past, the tyres. Apart from the new rules, at Toro Rosso we have also had to adapt to a new engine partner and we are looking forward to working with Renault."

"One final new element for us is on the driver side, as Daniil joins us to race alongside Jean-Eric."

"Both are very talented and we expect good things from them."

"With all these changes, some that affect everyone, others that are specific to Toro Rosso, it is really difficult to set targets or make predictions. However, it is clear we have to improve our performance and make a step forward."

Vergne believes that the drivers have a lot to understand with the new regulations.

"We must make the most of winter testing and work hard to ensure that all our efforts pay off," he said.

"I am confident we have what we need to do well. From a driver’s point of view, we will have a lot of new elements to understand and changes that will require us to adapt as quickly as possible. That will be one of the tasks for winter tests, so that we can make the most of the package available right from the first race."

"We will have to adopt a different style of driving, especially in the races, with this new power unit combined with the need to manage fuel, while the changes to the rule regarding levels of downforce will make the cars feel different, offering less grip, which will also take some getting used to. It’s going to be a fascinating start to the year."

Kvyat says he is aware that he has a steep learning curve, but believes he can swiftly adapt to the sport.

"Six days of winter testing is not a lot and I will have to see how quickly I get used to the new car, which wasn’t a big issue when I drove the 2013 car."

"Being a rookie means there’s a steep learning curve, but the bright side of this year’s regulation change is that all the drivers will be getting used to a new way of driving, starting from zero. Anyway, I have always liked a big challenge."

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