As the sun set on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain on Monday evening, the spotlight turned to the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage as team sponsor CEPSA hosted the unveiling of the STR7. Taking the wraps off the new car that will defend the team’s colours in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship were the team’s drivers, Aussie Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne.
The STR7, as its name implies, is the seventh car to bear the Scuderia Toro Rosso name in Formula 1 and is actually the third to be conceived and designed entirely in-house in Faenza and at the wind tunnel facility in Bicester, UK.
Young Aussie Daniel Ricciardo was excited to see the car that will be his for season 2012, starting on home soil at Albert Park next month.
“The car definitely looks sexy. And it’s a bit emotional actually, seeing the first F1 car that will be mine to drive from the start of the season,” he said.
“With the new nose, it’s not exactly beautiful, but I’d rather have a quick car than a pretty one. Now I can’t wait to drive it tomorrow, when I don’t think I’ll need an alarm clock to wake up to start the day.”