On the eve of the first day of pre-season testing, Scuderia Toro Rosso revealed its 2017 challenger, the STR12. Drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz unveiled the car in the Catalunya Circuit pit lane this evening. STR12 features a stunning new livery.
Franz Tost (Team Principal): “For all Formula 1 fans, 2017 should be a year of excitement and uncertainty. The sport’s technical regulations have undergone one of the biggest changes we have seen in a couple of decades. In simple terms, the cars are wider, longer, lower, faster, noisier and use bigger tyres, promising more grip, higher cornering speeds and hopefully even closer racing.”
“Everyone in the team has worked extremely hard to ensure we have a very competitive season. Our chassis is mated to what is possibly the most competitive engine we have had so far in the hybrid era, as we return to Renault power once more.”
“Daniil Kvyat will be in his fourth year as a Formula 1 driver. Carlos Sainz will now tackle his third season with us”
— Toro Rosso (@ToroRossoSpy) 26 February 2017
“They are a very talented pairing and worked very hard over the winter to be ready for the additional physical challenges involved in driving these new and faster cars. The crew that will look after the cars at the track is also very well prepared. Generally, throughout the company we have the stability and strength in depth to tackle this season. The pace of car development will be much faster than over the past couple of years. Finally, we really like the first major livery change of our twelve years on the F1 grid. This new look is reflected in our pit garage, which has also been updated to make life easier while working around these much larger cars.”
James Key (Toro Rosso Technical Director): “With driver continuity and a power unit which made a major step forward last year and which should be developing strongly this year, it just leaves the chassis as an unknown quantity. We always set ourselves ambitious targets. This year, we are taking a more long-term view over the 20 races. We have a long list of planned in-season developments.”
Carlos Sainz will be at the wheel tomorrow, Monday 27th February, for the first day of testing. Daniil Kvyat will get his first taste of the STR12 on Tuesday.