Scuderia Toro Rosso have become the eighth team to unveil their 2013 Formula One World Championship challengers. With rookies Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne managing to score only 26 points for the Faenza-based team in 2012, let’s hope the new car allows them to fly STR8 into the points come Melbourne.
I’m sorry. That was a terrible pun.
The STR8 has been revealed to sport the same livery as its predecessor, with few outstanding features to entice the curiosity of onlookers.
Toro Rosso have opted to keep their high-sitting sidepods and have worked on the outer area of the car’s floor.
The floor features a number of elevation changes not seen on other cars so-far revealed in 2013.
But it will not be until later in testing that we see the true developments the team has made over the past 6 months.
Toro Rosso looked to have taken a step forward with the STR7 in 2012 – both Ricciardo and Vergne managed to set competitive times throughout pre-season testing.
Indeed, the solid showing continued into the opening round of the season; Ricciardo qualified 10th and his team-mate followed just behind in 11th. After a succession of stunning final-lap overtakes, the Australian managed to secure his first points in his home race, with Vergne following in 11th.
The team’s chances slowly dissipated throughout the season, its highlight Ricciardo qualifying 6th for the Bahrain Grand Prix only to fall to 19th by the end of the opening lap.
In the latter stages of 2012, team owner Dietrich Mateschitz wasn’t coy about his dissatisfaction with the successes of the Toro Rosso engineering team.
Mateschitz told AUTO,
We’re [not] happy with the development of the car. Significant improvements need to be found and are being called for.
With James Key taking over from Giorgio Ascanelli as chief technical officer, Ricciardo revealed to Autosport that his goals for the new season must be higher than he had in 2012.
I won’t hide and I say that I must and can obtain a podium. I will push to the maximum to make it happen.
In the first part of the season, I wasn’t aggressive enough in the races. Now, however, I think I’ve found the right balance in showing my capabilities,
Will the STR8 provide Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo with their opportunity to prove themselves to the Red Bull management? All will be revealed in 41 days at the Australian Grand Prix.
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