Toro Rosso revealed its car for 2017, the STR12 today. The paint scheme is quite different from last year’s. A combination of bright red and blue colors with some silver detailing. Sainz and Kvyat revealed the car to the press at Barcelona. Where testing is set to start from Monday.
Both drivers will have something to prove in 2017. Kvyat looking to improve his reputation after he lost his Red Bull seat to Max last year. And Sainz will be looking to prove he’s ready to drive for a top team.
After using the 2015 Ferrari engine last year, Toro Rosso will be returning to Renault for 2017. James Key and his technical team had shifted focus to this year’s car quite early last year. Franz Tost will be looking to challenge some of the teams in the middle of the grid, after their dismal performance towards the end of last season.
Here’s a video they released today from their filming day earlier in the week at Misano, Italy.
The car looks amazing. The shark fin, seen in most 2017 cars makes a comeback here. The nose is smooth and lacks the ugly thumb. The sidepods are narrow and aggressively shaped like most other cars. A lot of floor space is seen. Showing that the power unit has been very well packaged.
James key has played a major role in the success of the team over recent years. And talks of his promotion to the RBR team prove his caliber. After finishing 7th in the constructors’ last year, the STR team will be motivated to do better this year with the regulation changes and the new updated engine.
The rear of the car looks clean. The aero changes mean they might even challenge the big teams, considering their technical capabilities. The expectations will be high from STR as well as the two drivers. The amount of talent in their driver line-up and also in their engineering department will lead anyone to believe they might be able to fight for top 4 this year.