While its big brother kept the new RB11 under wraps for the first test session of the season in Jerez, Spain, the junior Toro Rosso team has revealed its new STR10 in full. Like last year (but unlike years before when it was powered by Cosworth and then by Ferrari), the "other" Scuderia's latest chassis is powered by the 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid provided by Renault, which could place it at a bit of a disadvantage compared to the Mercedes-powered teams. But we'll have to wait until the season gets under way to see how it and its rivals fare.
With Daniil Kvyat promoted to the A-squad and Jean-Eric Vergne not asked back (signing with Ferrari as a development driver while competing in Formula E), Toro Rosso has an all-new driver lineup for this season. Carlos Sainz, Jr. (son of the eponymous rally champ) will team up with baby-faced newcomer Max Verstappen (himself the son of former F1 driver "Jos the Boss").
The STR10 was revealed today at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit in southern Spain. As the car's codename implies, 2015 will be Scuderia Toro Rosso's tenth year in Formula 1 and CEPSA, who hosted today's launch, has sponsored the team for the past 4 years.
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA (Spain) - The drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz whipped the sheets off Scuderia Toro Rosso's challenger for the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship in the Jerez pit lane, the day before the serious business of testing gets underway with four days of track action. The STR10 has been produced under the technical directorship of James Key, Chief Designers Paolo Marabini (Chief Designer - Composites & Structures) and Matteo Piraccini (Chief Designer - Mechanical & Systems.) Built by the team in Faenza, Italy, it owes its shape to the efforts of the Wind Tunnel staff in Bicester, UK. Carlos Sainz, will have the honour of being the first to drive the new car tomorrow, here in his native Spain. The team's other rookie Max Verstappen will drive on Monday and Wednesday, with Sainz back in on the Tuesday.
Carlos Sainz (Car number 55 – driving duties: 1st & 3rd February): "I am very happy to be making my first official appearance as a Formula 1 driver here in Spain and I am looking forward to trying the car for the first time tomorrow. I have worked very hard over the winter on my personal fitness, as well as spending time in Faenza to familiarise myself with the team, having also done some days in the simulator. Now we have just 12 days to prepare for Melbourne, so going through all the race weekend procedures will be a priority for me, as well as putting in as many miles as possible behind the wheel."
Max Verstappen (Car number 33 – driving duties: 2nd & 4th February): "I can't wait for the season to start and tomorrow will seem like a very long day, watching Carlos in the car! With two days in the 2014 car at the Abu Dhabi test and the Friday mornings I did last season, combined with time spent in the simulator, I feel well prepared and I'm really up for this challenge, which is very exciting. Six days on track here in Spain and then it will be time to head for Australia and my first Grand Prix, something I have been looking forward to ever since I started karting."
Franz Tost (Team Principal): "The 2015 season is a new challenge for all of us. We've put a lot of work into the STR10 and we are convinced that we will have a successful year. Our objective is to finish fifth in the constructors championship and we are ready to do our best to achieve it. Our engine partner Renault has also worked very hard to come up with new modifications and I'm sure that our joint effort will give us a package which will certainly be very competitive. All in all, we have a much stronger team as well as a very competitive STR10 and fast drivers; it's a great combination.
"Another point that also makes me happy is that we have a very high-skilled young driver pairing which makes this season even more exciting. They both showed fantastic performances throughout their career, winning races and championships, and it's because of their driving skills that Red Bull has decided to bring them to Scuderia Toro Rosso. I'm really sure that they are very well prepared for this challenge, as is the rest of the team. We are ready for it!"