Toro Rosso Lauches STR9
Team drivers Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat whipped the sheets off Scuderia Toro Rosso’s challenger for the Formula One world championship in the Jerez pit lane.
Under the technical directorship of James Key, Chief Designer Luca Furbatto and his team in Faenza, along with the wind tunnel team in Bicester have come up with their interpretation of the radical technical regulation changes introduced for this year.
The STR 9 is the first Scuderia Toro Rosso car to be powered by Renault. It makes its track debut Tuesday with Vergne at the wheel. Kvyat takes over driving duties on Wednesday.
“We have invested a lot of effort and resources, both technical and financial into the design of the new car,” said Team Principal Franz Tost. “Our 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 tires. 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.”
Kvyat, who joins Toro Rosso this season, weighed in on upcoming season. “I am very excited, It will be a year of discovering many new things,” he said. “Six days of winter testing is not a lot and I will have to see how quickly I get used to the new 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.”
Third-year driver Vergne is ready as well. “This will be my third season in Formula One and I definitely feel better prepared than ever before,” the Frenchman said. “We must make the most of winter testing and work hard to ensure that all our efforts pay off. We will have to adopt a different style of driving 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.”